Icelandair pilots begin strike action

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Icelandair has been forced to cancel 26 flights after pilots began a 12h strike today.

The carrier says it decided to cancel the flights despite talks continuing with union FIA, members of which began action this morning. It says 4,500 passengers have been affected.

Routes cancelled include services from Keflavík to Paris, London, Frankfurt, Oslo and Stockholm. The Reykjavik-based airline says services to Oslo and Copenhagen and to the USA are also subject to delay delays.

Further strike action can be expected on 16 and 20 May, with further 12h stoppages. This will be intensified with a 48h strike from 23 May and a 96h stoppage from 30 May unless a collective agreement between pilots and the airline is signed.