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Avianca cancels 51% of flights in Colombia and suspends sales until October 5

Avianca reported today that it canceled 51% of flights scheduled for Monday in Colombia, which is equivalent to 261 displacements, and keeps the sale of tickets suspended until next October 5, following the strike held by 702 pilots.

Bogota, Sep 26 (EFE) .- The airline Avianca reported today that it canceled 51% of flights scheduled for Monday in Colombia, which is equivalent to 261 displacements, and keeps suspended the sale of tickets until October 5, following the strike held by 702 pilots.

On Monday, on the sixth day of the protest of the pilots, 251 flights were operated, a 49 % of those planned, which allowed the transport of 28,876 passengers while 25,143 passengers were affected.

Avianca confirmed Tuesday that it has closed the sale of tickets until October 5, and indicated that this was due to "a normal practice in the industry to guarantee the passenger movement with reservation and to avoid inconveniences".

Last Wednesday, 702 pilots of the Colombian Association of Civil Aviators (ACDAC), which amounted to half of Avianca's workforce, began the strike on the grounds that they are seeking greater security at Colombian airports, salary leveling and reduction of working hours.

The airline requested this Monday before the High Court of the Judicial District of Bogotá's declaration of illegality of the strike.

Among the arguments put forward by the company are "procedural defects that can not be unknown" and the fact that with the cessation of activities of Acdac pilots have "generated serious and serious effects on connectivity and travelers, as well as on the economy and national competitiveness."

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