Tunisair: Unexpected absence of pilots following salary demand, behind flights disturbance

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CEO of the Tunisian National Airlines Company (Tunisair), Elyes Mankbi, revealed on Sunday the reason for the registered disturbance in the flights, saying that it is due to the unexpected absence of a number of pilots, because of the continued negotiations with them on the demands they had submitted to the administrative authorities, regarding the increase in salaries.

Mankbi explained that the pilots’ demands are crippling and cannot be fulfilled by the company, especially in its current difficult situation. He pointed out that the administrative authorities have held negotiation sessions over the last week with labour unions. The discussions have been scheduled to continue in another session. However, he was surprised by the absence of some pilots, according to Tunisian press agency Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP).

Tunisair CEO added to TAP that the company has tried to find solutions to this situation, but it could not manage to prevent the disturbances in three flights on Saturday and five flights on Sunday.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Tunisair reported that there had been a disturbance in its flights on 13, 14 and 15 April due to sudden protest movements.