December 18, 2017 / 12:36 PM / a year ago

Icelandair cancels half its flights due to mechanics strike

COPENHAGEN, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Half of Icelandair’s flights were cancelled on Monday, leaving thousands of travellers stranded after members of the Icelandic Aircraft Mechanics Association called a strike over pay.

“Normally we have around 10,000 passengers a day and now we are flying around half of our scheduled flights,” a spokesman for Icelandair said, adding that only eight out of a total 30 planes were able to fly.

A new meeting with the union has not been scheduled yet to resolve the dispute, the Icelandic carrier said. (Reporting by Julie Astrid Thomsen, additional reporting by Elias Thorsson, editing by David Evans)

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