Argentina-AirlineStri 04-03 Web
Argentine pilots work off jobs
Pilots at Argentina’s flagship airline walked off the job briefly Thursday, suspending international and domestic flights and temporarily stranding hundreds of passengers.
The Aerolineas Argentinas pilots staged the four-hour work stoppage after an operations chief for the airline unexpectedly resigned, according to a statement from the pilots union.
For security reasons, work rules do not allow the pilots to fly while the job is vacant, the statement said.
A pilots’ union official, Jorge Perez Tamayo, told a news conference later Thursday the pilots had gone back to work after the chief was replaced.
The brief walkout angered passengers at Ezeiza International Airport, some of whom swarmed airline officials to demand information. Others dozed on floors or tried to find other air connections.