Air Traffic Control joins striking pilots and crew
17.30: Strike expected to continue into a fourth day. Croatia Airlines will announce Friday’s cancellations after 18.00 CEST.
13.20: False hope! Croatia Airlines management rejects latest offer by pilots and cabin crew.
12.45: Pilots and cabin crew are willing to end their industrial action at 14.00 CEST if all 42 cabin crew members who were sacked after taking sick leave on May 1 and 2 are returned to work. Furthermore, they are demanding for no penalties to be given to striking employees. The news comes after union members met up with the Prime Minister.
11.00: The Croatian Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, says the country will not give in to the demands of pilots and cabin crew
10.40: The Croatian Prime Minister, Zoran Milanović, says the only alternative to the restructuring program at Croatia Airlines is bankruptcy. The Croatian government is discussing the situation at the national carrier at a cabinet meeting which started at 10.00 CEST in Zagreb.
10.05: Air Traffic Control cancels today's solidarity strike following attacks from the media over high wages.
Air Traffic Control in Zagreb and Split will today join striking pilots and cabin crew at Croatia Airlines, resulting in further delays for passengers. The strike has now entered its third day with yesterday’s talks between the carrier’s management and crew ending in failure. It is estimated that Croatia Airlines has lost some 300.000 euros over the past 48 hours due to the ongoing industrial dispute. “Unfortunately on Wednesday we didn’t reach any sort of an agreement. The talks resembled an ultimatum rather than rational dialogue”, Ivana Lojo from the strike committee said. “We don’t know what will happen today. We will gather in front of the head office but we don’t know if we will even be invited to continue talks. The management’s previous offer expired at midnight. We don’t know what will happen today”, Ms. Lojo added. Some 5.600 passengers are booked today on Croatia Airlines flights.
The Croatian carrier has today cancelled its flights from Zagreb to Brussels, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Vienna, Munich and Sarajevo. Furthermore, the airline has cancelled its flights from Split to Kassel and Munich and services between Zadar and Pula. Last night, passengers booked on the evening service from Zagreb to Sarajevo were bussed to the Bosnian capital. Foreign airlines and crew will once again be employed on several Croatia Airlines routes. Adria Airways, Air Explore, New Livingston and WDL Aviation will provide aircraft and cabin crew.
The Air Traffic Control strike in solidarity with their colleagues at Croatia Airlines is expected to result in delays for other passengers booked on flights other than Croatia Airlines. On the other hand, some Croatia Airlines employees have begun signing petitions to end the industrial action which has paralysed the carrier this week. The Croatian Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, has said the national carrier is now on the brink of bankruptcy and called for an end to the industrial action.
Regardless of whether the strike continues tomorrow or not, EX-YU Aviation News will turn to other topics in the region, but will still keep you updated of the latest developments with the industrial action.