EgyptAir pilots strike demanding better working conditions
Airport staff stand next to an EgyptAir plane on the runway at Cairo Airport - Reuters

CAIRO: At least six international flights have reportedly delayed at Cairo International Airport Saturday due to a partial strike staged by several pilots from the state-owned EgyptAir Company, Youm7 reported.

Since the start of the strike on Wednesday, “some pilots have pretended to be sick and asked for sick day leave a few hours before the take off time while others delayed the take off time claiming technical errors in the planes, airport source told Youm7.

The striking pilots demand better working conditions, shorter working hours, and pay rise, he added.

Flights to Berlin, Doha, Istanbul and other destinations were delayed due to the strike, said the source, adding that the waiting areas at Cairo International Airport are filled with dejected travelers “who should’ve been somewhere else by now.”

Until now, EgyptAir officials claim that the strike has not resulted in any serious disruptions of flights, with the exception of one delayed flight.

The strike coincides with the 84th anniversary of EgyptAir; Egypt’s national flag carrier which was established on May 7, 1932. It is the first carrier to be established in Africa and the Middle East and the seventh in the world.

The strike is the second of its kind over the course of a year; in May 2015, at least 200 EgyptAir pilots started a collective resignation claiming they receive “the lowest salaries in the world,” according to the pilots’ notice published in Al Watan news.


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