Asiana cancels domestic flights

SEOUL: Asiana Airlines Inc, South Korea’s second-largest carrier, cancelled a flight to Sydney and half its domestic services after a strike by unionised pilots over working hours and job security went into a second day.  

The walkout is the second by Asiana’s pilots this month as the carrier and Korean Air Lines Co. prepare for the country’s peak travel season for tourists. The stoppages may cost the airline as much as US$800mil a day in lost revenue, according to Samsung Securities Co. analyst Lee Hoon.  

“We will move pilots on domestic routes to international flights to make sure other international flights are not disrupted,” said Jason Kim, a company spokesman, from Seoul. “There are some unionised pilots who are not joining in the strike because they don’t agree with the union. We hope the dispute can be resolved soon.”  

Asiana cut 86 of its 168 domestic passenger flights and canceled the Sydney flight scheduled for today, Kim said.  

Asiana halted flights to most domestic destinations except the southern tourist island of Jeju. The carrier will start cutting those routes if the strike continues, Kim said. – Bloomberg

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