One of the world’s largest airlines makes its flight attendants ask permission before getting married (

Over the last 20 years, Qatar Airways has undergone a remarkable transformation. Backed by tiny Qatar’s government riches, the airline has added routes to every populated continent, soaring from the 90th-largest international carrier to the 10th. Its prices on flights to D.C., New York, Miami and Dallas are cheap enough to pose a major challenge […]

February 16, 2015

ITF urges action over Dominican Republic arrest and workers’ persecution

The ITF is urging unions to demonstrate their solidarity with persecuted air traffic controllers in the Dominican Republic after its regional secretary was arrested on 9 February just hours before he was due to give a joint press conference with the national trade union centre CNTD. Antonio Fritz was in the country on a fact-finding […]

February 13, 2015

ITF official arrested for investigating air traffic control problems in the Dominican Republic, is freed

Antonio Fritz, who was arrested this morning in the Dominican Republic during a fact finding mission to investigate air traffic control problems there, has now been released. He stated: “After seven hours in custody, and being asked why a foreigner is supporting Dominican Republic air traffic controllers, I have been released without charge. None of […]

February 10, 2015

ITF official’s arrest ‘proves case’ over Dominican Republic ATC hazards

The ITF’s (International Transport Workers’ Federation’s) Americas regional secretary, Antonio Fritz, has been arrested while on a fact-finding mission to the Dominican Republic. ITF civil aviation section secretary Gabriel Mocho stated: “Antonio was arrested ahead of the press conference he was due to give over the situation in the country, where air traffic control (ATC) […]

February 9, 2015

ITF sounds alarm over Dominican Republic ATC crisis risk

Global union federation the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) today warned that air traffic control in the Dominican Republic is approaching crisis point. The ITF reports that the safety of the country’s airspace is now in jeopardy, following a sustained government attack on the Dominican Air Traffic Controllers Association (ADCA). ITF civil aviation secretary Gabriel […]

February 6, 2015

ITF unions act to help make history at Delta Air Lines

ITF unions around the world are showing their support for the campaign to unionise 21,000 flight attendants at US airline Delta. The ITF-affiliated International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) filed for a vote on representation last month with support from 60 percent of the workforce. The voting period is expected to begin in […]

ITF applauds FC Barcelona rethink of Qatar Airways sponsorship

The ITF has applauded Barcelona football club for considering dropping its lucrative sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways over what club president Josep Maria Bartomeu described as “social issues”. The ITF strongly criticised the purchase by Qatar Airways of a 10 percent stake in British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), which was reported on […]