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Avianca announces the gradual restoration of its operations after the pilot strike

The airline Avianca announced that it is working on a plan to reactivate its operations gradually after 500 pilots rejoined today after a strike that lasted almost two months.

Bogota, Nov 13 (EFE) .- The airline Avianca announced that it is working on a plan to reactivate its operations gradually after 500 pilots rejoined today after a strike. which lasted almost two months.

"Said restoration requires the analysis and verification of different operational variables, so that the activation of itineraries will be carried out This is a gradual way, "the company said in a statement.

The company said that in the remainder of November, the contingency plan is still active with the allocation of aircraft of greater capacity in high traffic routes, the optimization of resources and crews available to meet the flights with the highest demand.

Avianca adds that it will gradually reactivate the operation and "will gradually activate its offer until it reaches 500 regular daily flights" in Colombia.

For its part, the president of the Colombian Association of Civil Aviators (Acdac), captain Jaime Hernandez, said today that the Avianca operation began to normalize.

"The whole operation in the company is beginning to normalize," Hernández said. journalists, and clarified that the first crews will begin to fly "in the next four days".

He explained that the first day of reincorporation was carried out simultaneously in Bogotá, Cali, Medellín and Barranquilla, cities where the majority of the national operation is concentrated.

The strike of 702 pilots, equivalent to half the aviators' workforce of Avianca, began on September 20 to demand better wages and other labor benefits, and was declared illegal by the justice.

Last Friday pilots affiliated with the Acdac approved the suspension of the cessation of activities that forced the company to cancel 14,547 mostly internal flights, which affected more than 400,000 passengers.

The week Lastly, the chairman of Avianca's board of directors and majority shareholder of the airline, Germán Efromovich, declared himself satisfied with the decision of the pilots to lift the strike, but he clarified that they will have to face disciplinary proceedings.

The company estimates that for each day of the strike it stopped selling 2.5 million dollars.

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