LAN Peru expects to operate flights as strike threat looms

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LAN Peru maintains that it will operate scheduled flights normally on 26 and 27 June, when its mechanics are threatening to go on strike.

The LATAM Airlines Group subsidiary says it is taking "all the measures necessary" for its flights to be operated normally, in response to queries from Flightglobal. "LAN has made an effort, and will continue to do so, to reach an agreement with this group of workers through direct dialogue," it adds.

The union representing the group of 180 LAN Peru mechanics has threatened in recent weeks to go on strike, citing dissatisfaction with salaries.

"We are the ones that review the planes each time that they land and if we do not sign the logbook of the aircraft, they do not leave. Without our approval, no plane will be able to fly and therefore the whole company will stop," says Juan Carlos Talavera, press secretary of the SITALANPE union that represents the mechanics.

The union has garnered support from other unions within LATAM, which have sought to publicise the LAN Peru mechanics' demands.