LATAM Airlines pilots strike in Argentina; flights disrupted

jueves 13 de agosto de 2015 09:57 GYT
 

BUENOS AIRES Aug 13 (Reuters) - A strike by pilots forced LAN Argentina, the Argentine unit of LATAM Airlines Group SA , to cancel or delay domestic flights on Thursday, disrupting travel plans for thousands of passengers.

A statement by the Association of Airline Pilots said the labor action owed to no progress in negotiations over working conditions. The union blamed this on "the company's uncompromising stance."

LAN officials did not immediately reply to an emailed request for comment.

An online departures board on the website of airport operator Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 two flights departed Buenos Aires's main domestic airport Aeroparque Jorge Newbury before 6.30 a.m. (0530 ET). All other morning and afternoon flights were shown as canceled or read 'consult company'.

LATAM Airlines is a tie-up between Chile's LAN and Brazil's TAM. It is based in the Chilean capital, Santiago, and has subsidiaries in Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil. (Reporting by Richard Lough Editing by W Simon)