Adria Airways pilots are staging 48 hours of industrial action after the union and the airline's management failed to reach an agreement over the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. As a result, some flights will either be disrupted or cancelled both today and tomorrow. On Wednesday, Adria plans to operate 21 flights from its hub at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Affected services include Sarajevo and Podgorica, which will be combined into a single flight, Brussels and Amsterdam, which will operate jointly, Prague and Vienna, which will also be merged, as well as Munich and Frankfurt which will run as a single flight. Some services may be operated by other carriers, although Adria has not specified which ones. On Thursday, the airline will maintain 24 flights out of the Slovenian capital and has cancelled its morning services to Zurich and Pristina, afternoon flight to Tirana, as well as its return flight from Paris. Passengers from Pristina will be bussed to Skopje where they will be rebooked onto the carrier's flight to Ljubljana. The full list of modifications to the schedule can be found here.
The trade union representing Adria's pilots decided to go on strike after yesterday's round of talks with the management "failed to result in a nearing of positions and an agreement that would secure the same scope of rights and obligations for pilots which were in effect until the end of February". Pilots are requesting a 1% pay increase. If no agreement is reached, they will again stage industrial action on April 27 and 28, as well as May 25 and 26 between 06.00 and 22.00 CEST. The head of the pilot's trade union, Marjan Majcen, said the strike committee was "willing to continue to seek an agreement until the very last minute but will not consent to the lowering of wages and the scaling back of workplace conditions for pilots". Until a new contract is negotiated, the union has demanded for the same rights and obligations from the previous collective agreement to be upheld.
The industrial action is the first under Adria's new owners, who took over a 100% stake in the company last year. Some 114 pilots are expected to join in the strike today. "Adria Airways apologises to our passengers for any inconvenience brought by this strike. We will do everything in our powers to minimise the consequences for our passengers", the company said in a statement. It urged all travellers booked to fly today and tomorrow to contact the airline. The carrier's management argues that since the last collective agreements were negotiated, the socioeconomic situation in Slovenia has changed, which warrants a pay cut and adjustments to workplace conditions for pilots.