Avianca strikes deal with pilots

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Avianca has reached a long term agreement with its pilots union, following two weeks of relatively low-profile strike actions.

The agreement with the Organisation of Avianca Aviators (ODEAA) became possible after fellow union Colombian Association of Civil Aviators (ACDAC) withdrew from the negotiation table. With ODEAA representing 57% of the airline's pilots, the agreement is key to re-establishing labour peace.

According to an Avianca spokesperson, the agreement will increase the salaries of Avianca's Colombia-based pilots by 11% to compensate them for the elimination of tax benefits implemented by the Colombian government early this year. In exchange, the pilots have agreed to increase their productivity and operational efficiency.

The agreement will be valid until March 2017.

Since mid-September, the labour conflict forced Avianca to cancel between 20 and 40 flights daily, almost all of them on domestic Colombian routes. However, as the unions shared their schedule of affected flights with the company, Avianca was able to contact and rebook most passengers.