A fresh round of pilots’ strikes at Iberia today (Monday) and Wednesday has forced the cancellation of flights between Heathrow and Madrid.
Four flights from London to the Spanish capital and four inbound flights have been hit on each day.
Services to other parts of Europe and some long-haul routes are also affected, but the bulk of grounded flights are on the airline’s extensive domestic network in Spain.
The walkout by flight crew is the latest round of industrial action against plans by owner International Airlines Group to set up a new Spanish budget carrier. The airline was hit by pilot strikes called by the union SEPLA in December.
Iberia said: “The strike called by the SEPLA pilots union in Iberia on January 9 and 11 will cause the cancellation of a large number of flights.”
Passengers holding tickets to fly on the strike-affected days are being allowed to switch flights until the end of January without charge. Refunds are also being made available.