Strike Leads to Cancelled Flights at Pakistani Airports

9 February 2011 (Last Updated February 9th, 2011 18:30)

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was forced to cancel 60 international and domestic flights from Jinnah International Airport and Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Pakistan, due to a strike called by its pilots and staff. The strike, which ended yesterday, forced PIA to cancel

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was forced to cancel 60 international and domestic flights from Jinnah International Airport and Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Pakistan, due to a strike called by its pilots and staff.

The strike, which ended yesterday, forced PIA to cancel flights to Britain and Turkey on Tuesday, affecting more than 1,500 passengers.

The strike was called after month-long negotiations between the airline and unions representing the airline's pilots and staff failed without any decision.

PIA staff called the strike, demanding that the management reinstate five pilots who were suspended, the resignation of PIA managing director Pia Aijaz Haroon and the cancellation of a proposed code-share agreement with Turkish Airlines, according to CNN.

PIA staff said the code-share agreement will reduce the number of staff because flights will use Istanbul or Ankara as their hub, and use Turkish Airlines staff to fly passengers to international destinations currently offered by PIA.