BOGOTA – Colombian airline Avianca canceled 116 domestic flights on Wednesday in the face of a strike by half of its pilots.
The cancelations affected 9,510 passengers, Avianca’s vice president for Safety and Operations, Eduardo Mendoza, told a press conference.
The strike was called last Friday by Acdac, a union representing 702 of Avianca’s roughly 1,400 pilots.
Besides seeking higher pay and shorter hours, the striking pilots are asking for upgrades to safety at Colombian airports, Acdac says.
The carrier managed to operate 111 flights on Wednesday using non-striking pilots, Mendoza said.
Avianca employs some 23,000 people in 26 countries, according to CEO Hernan Rincon, who said that Acdac failed to consider any of the company’s 20 successive contract proposals.
The airline says it stands to lose $2 million a day due to the strike.
Another round of contract talks was scheduled for later Wednesday, Avianca said.