ITF tackles Thai Airways damages claim against workers

ITF acting general secretary Steve Cotton spoke up about a dispute between Thai Airways and the ITF-affiliated Thai Airways International Union (TGU) today after it emerged that the airline is seeking damages claims against union leadership. The claim follows a dispute from early 2013, when Thai Airways announced that there would be no basic pay […]

February 10, 2014

Finnair hiring more foreign cabin crews (

Finnair is lowering operating costs by laying off Finnish employees and contracting more staff from abroad. The company says that employing American cabin crew members on its New York route as of March will create sizable savings. Already one-fifth of Finnair’s cabin personnel have been contracted from abroad. Over the past five years, Finnair has […]

Qatar Air CEO refutes staff claims in Swedish media (

The CEO of Qatar Airways has dismissed claims made in a Swedish newspaper that alleged unfair treatment of its employees. The article in the Expressen newspaper was based around the experiences of three unnamed former employees of the airline – two cabin crew members and one pilot. They told tales of punishments for breaking curfews, […]

February 7, 2014

New performance targets in ATM sector continue to jeopardise jobs

On 4 February 2014, after a long debate inside the Single Sky Committee and with a narrow majority the European Union-wide performance targets for the Air Traffic Management (ATM) network for the second reference period (2015-2019) have been approved. The agreement demonstrates that the economic interest of the airlines remains the only priority for the […]

The truth about the luxury of Qatar Airways (

Qatar Airways is regarded as one of the most luxurious airlines in the world, and has received numerous awards for their onboard service.Flight attendants Saga and Gina testify about the other side of the glamour. How employees are forced to sign contracts that prevent them from governing their own life choices. Swedish newspaper Expressen’s reporter […]

Thai budget airline gets go-ahead for international flights (

Low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia X has received an Air Operator’s Certificate meaning it can now apply for permission to launch international flights from Bangkok. The airline will lease two Airbus A330-300s from a subsidiary of its parent company, the AirAsia group, for its first year. View full article here>>

February 6, 2014

New EU regulation published

The new Commission Regulation (EU) No 83/2014 of 29 January 2014 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council is published. Publication of the document took more time than usual do to some […]

February 5, 2014

Flight Time Limitations: progressing safety harmonization (ETF statement)

On 31 January 2014, the European Commission adopted a Regulation defining EU-wide rules on Flight Time Limitations (FTL) for European cabin crew and pilots. Thanks to the strong pressure of the European Transport Workers ’Federation (ETF) and other stakeholders, the original EASA proposal has been improved. A number of significant concerns for workers have been […]

February 4, 2014