Travel ceases as multiple airlines strike
26-Mar-10by Annie Byrne
International business travel looks to be made more difficult with the employees of Air France, TAP Air Portugal and Lufthansa announcing their intentions to strike. Airline officials, opposing the proposed strikes, say they are restructuring or implementing cost-cutting measures in order for their companies to survive, however, the union member say they are working in unfair working conditions.Air France’s disruption will start on 28 March for possibly four days, when crews on short- and medium-haul flights intend to walk off the job. If no comprise is made before March 28, the action will correlate with the second British Airways strike meaning all services serving France, Europe, Moscow, North Africa and Israel will be affected.TAP pilots says airline officials are using “unacceptable tactics” to reduce operational costs and are refusing to work between 26 and 31 March and Lufthansa, who discontinued a planned four-day strike in February, will resume their action from 13 to 16 April, after a standstill in negotiations.