Pilot strike grounds Swiss Avro RJs

A one-day strike by pilots at Swiss‘ regional subsidiary, Swiss European, has grounded the airline’s Avro RJ fleet. The strike called by the Avro RJ’s pilot union, the Swiss Pilots Association (SPA), forced Swiss to cancel 128 flights on 26 September. Disruptions extended into the following day as aircraft were out of place, forcing a further 14 flights to be cancelled. The SPA was protesting the disparity in compensation between their members and those of airline’s Airbus pilots (represented by a different union). The disparities have persisted despite a 2003 court decision in favor of the regional pilots. SPA has long protested about its members, who had formerly flown for Crossair, being treated as second-class citizens within Swiss, compared to the former Swissair pilots who fly the Airbus fleet. The two airlines were merged following Swissair’s bankruptcy in 2001.

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