The Colombian Association of Civil Aviators (ACDAC), which represents more than 700 of the 1,300 Avianca Airline pilots working in Columbia of South America, began the strike at 4:00 a.m. local time on 20th instant local time after failing to reach a deal with the airline during talks mediated by the Labor Ministry.
Avianca Airline employs some 23,000 people in 26 countries, according to CEO Hernan Rincon, who said, “Acdac failed to consider any of the company’s 20 successive contract proposals.”
The airline says it will lose around $2 million a day due to the strike.
ACDAC president Captain Jaime Hernandez said in a statement, “The union had proposed salaries increase gradually over three to four years.” He further mentioned, “Unfortunately there wasn’t agreement, much less a respectful counter-proposal from the company.”
Avianca cancelled 116 domestic flights on Wednesday in the face of the strike by half of its pilots. The carrier managed to operate 111 flights on Wednesday using non-striking pilots, Mendoza said.
The cancellations affected 9,510 passengers, Avianca’s vice president for Safety and Operations, Eduardo Mendoza, told a press conference.