Iberia Pilot Strike January 9 and January 11 – updated

Iberia Pilots Strike Again | Airbus A340 | Air Travel News and Deals

Iberia Pilots to Strike Again

The pilots at Spain’s Iberia Airlines are not happy campers and the SEPLA pilots union has called another work action on both January 9 and again on January 11th.  As previously discussed, the strike was called by SEPLA in response to the company creating a a low cost subsidiary named Iberia Express.

Iberia Express is scheduled to start next year using four Airbus A320s and has plans for about 12 at the end of 2012. The low cost unit was created to stop the financial bleeding on short and medium haul routes through lower costs, fast turns, and high aircraft utilization with employees being paid at free market rates. At this point, the union fears jobs will be lost and are engaging in actions force an agreement.

At this time, Iberia has a list of all long-haul flights that will be affected which we’ve published below.  If you are scheduled to travel on a cancelled flight, we suggest you get in contact with Iberia to make alternate arrangements.

As of the January 4th update to this article, Iberia has released the list of short and medium haul flights affected. Within Spain, a number of Madrid-Barcelona frequencies have been cancelled, as well as flights between Madrid and Malaga, Alicante, Jerez, Asturias, and Bilbao.  Within Europe, several flights between Madrid and Lisbon, London, Brussels, Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt, Munich, Rome, Milan, Venice, Casablanca, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Moscow, and Athens have been cancelled.

The following link (warning – PDF) contains a list of all flights cancelled January 9.  Please keep in mind some international flights originating on December 8th have also been cancelled.  The following link (warning – PDF) contains the list of flights cancelled January 11th.  Again, some long-haul’s departing on the 10th have been cancelled as well.

List of Iberia Long Haul Flights Cancelled

On December 9th, the following flights are cancelled:

  • IB 6118 from Miami to Madrid – departing January 8
  • IB 6123 from Madrid to Miami – departing January 9
  • IB 6585 from Madrid to Bogota – departing January 9
  • IB 6650 from Lima, Peru to Madrid – Departing on January 8
  • IB 6659 from Madrid to Lima, Peru – Departing on January 9
  • IB 6820 from Sao Paulo to Madrid – Departing on January 8
  • IB 6821 from Madrid to Sao Paulo – Departing January 9
  • IB 6843 from Madrid to Buenos Aires – Departing January 9
  • IB 6844 from Buenos Aires to Madrid – Departing January 8
  • IB 6586 from Bogota to Madrid – Departing January 8

December 11, the following long-haul flights are cancelled:

  • IB 6401 from Madrid to Mexico City, Departing January 11
  • IB 6585 from Madrid to Bogata, Departing January 11
  • IB 6586 from Bogata to Madrid, Departing January 10
  • IB 6650 from Lima, Peru to Madrid, Departing on January 10
  • IB 6659 from Madrid to Lima, Peru, Departing on January 11
  • IB 6820 from Sao Paulo to Madrid, Departing on January 10
  • IB 6821 from Madrid to Sao Paulo, Departing on January 11
  • IB 6841 from Madrid to Buenos Aires, Departing on January 11
  • IB 6844 from Buenos Aires to Madrid, Departing on January 10

Iberia Strike Customer Information

At this time, Iberia is working to re-book long-haul passengers on other carriers.  Full lists of the short and medium haul cancellations have been competed.

This strike does not affect flights operated by Air Nostrum (IB8xxx), Vueling (IB5xxx) or any code share operated by other airlines (IB7xxx and IB4xxx). Flights to/from the Canary and Balearic Islands are protected per the minimum services decree.

Customers who purchased their tickets on www.iberia.com should receive messages if their flights are cancelled, including proposed alternatives when available. Iberia has promised to facilitate ticket changes and refunds to the affected passengers. Consumers may also call a special (+34) 902 100 988 telephone number to deal with strike-related queries and procedures.

Iberia has agreements in place with 27 airlines which fly to other European nations, the Americas, and the Middle East to carry passengers affected by the strike. If you must travel on a strike date and your flight is cancelled, we strongly urge you contact Iberia to have tickets re-issued on another carrier.

If you are scheduled to travel with Iberia during the strike period, we advise you visit www.iberia.com where you can view the status of flights (under Arrivals and Departures) and of reservations (Booking management). The company will keep customers informed at all times via iberia.com and its Call Centers around the world.

Iberia will also use social media – visit their Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as all Iberia airport ticketing & check-in desks, and travel agents.

If you get caught in the strike, it is possible travel insurance can also protect you depending on the type of policy you have and length of any delay. If you purchased your ticket from a Oneworld partner such as American Airlines or British Airways and your flight is canceled prior to your start of travel, they may be able to assist you.

If you are located outside of Spain and must contact Iberia, please take note of these telephone numbers:

  • Brazil: (+55) 1132187130
  • Costa Rica: (+506) 2430 2444
  • Panama: (+507) 217-9900
  • United Kingdom: (+44) 0 870 609 0500
  • United States: +1-800-772-4642

If you have access to Skype and a good internet connection, you can call United States 1-800 numbers at no cost.

Please follow us on Facebook

One Response


I’m completely fed up with these Iberia strikes. I guess I won’t use Iberia anymore for travel to Spain. From the sounds of it, the pilots union wants to destroy the company.

Leave Your Response

* Name, Email, Comment are Required

Save Money on Hotels

Best Hotels and Flights

Like on Facebook and Google +1

Southwest Airlines Vacations

Depart date:
Return date:
# of Travelers:
Children ages:
Promo code:

Incredible Travel Deals

Great Travel Opportunities