Cypriot charter may be forced to cancel flights

Published May 2nd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Eurocypria, the Cypriot charter airline company, may be grounded on Friday, May 4, as the result of a dispute between its pilots and the airlines’ mother company, Cyprus Airways, reported the Cyprus Mail


The dispute relates to a disagreement over captain promotions in the charter company. A compromise proposal was formulated earlier last month, by the Cypriot Labor Minister Andreas Moushiouttas, which was accepted by the pilots.  


According to the understanding, Eurocypria co-pilots would receive immediate promotion to captain and those who lost out on captainships, due to the transfer of pilots from Cyprus Airlines to the charter carrier, would be compensated financially. 


But Cyprus Airways has still to give its approval to the formulation. Until then, Eurocypria pilots have announced that they will refuse to fly with Cyprus Airways captains working within the charter firm, as of this Friday. 


According to the Cyprus Mail, Eurocypria requires 20 captains and 20 co-pilots to fulfill its flight obligations. If the six captains from Cyprus Airways are removed from the roster, the charter company will not be enough teams available and flights inevitably will be canceled. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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