Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines expects flight cancellations and interruptions July 25, as flight attendants and staff meet to consider a new collective wage agreement, which was announced May 1.

The new agreement spells out salary increases and flexible flight duty regulations through 2021 and is expected to be signed in the very near future.

“The last topic includes billing and billing modes for part-time pilots. We want to come back to the negotiations,” Austrian spokesperson Peter Thier told ATW July 13.

The May 1 agreement also includes flight service regulations that should be significantly more flexible to better compensate for seasonal fluctuations in passenger demand.

According to the agreement, salaries should increase 5.5% in 2018; 2.5% in 2019; 1.83% in 2020; and by at least 1.4% in 2021.

On March 5 and March 22, Austrian canceled a total of 290 flights as collective bargaining meetings interrupted flight operations, affecting more than 22,000 passengers.

The end of July, early August is peak-season for European summer holiday travelers.

Austrian has around 7,000 employees, including over 1,200 pilots and 2,400 flight attendants.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at