Icelandair (Keflavik) and its pilots represented by the Union of Icelandic Pilots have stalled in their negotiations for a new contract. As a result, the Icelandic Parliament passed a bill that directs the airline and its pilots to reach an agreement by June 1 or the dispute will be placed before an industrial disputes tribunal. The bill also restricts any strikes by the pilots. The pilots were planning to strike yesterday (May 16).
The airline was forced to cancel some of its flights today (May 17) due to a “pilot shortage” and issued this statement:
Icelandair regrets to announce cancellation of following flights due to pilot shortage
May 17, 2014 (local times)
FI:670 DEN – KEF 17:20 MDT
FI:612 JFK – KEF 02:10 EDT
FI:613 KEF – JFK 12:25 EDT
FI:603 KEF – YYZ 17:00 GMT
FI:602 YYZ – KEF 21:05 EDT
We apologize to all our customers for the inconvenience this may cause, and we thank you for your understanding. Please be sure to check information on estimated departure times from our homepage.
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Copyright Photo: Pepscl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-256 TF-FIU (msn 26243) is pictured in an all white fuselage version of the the 1999 livery.