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Pilot strike stranding thousands

Published:Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Passengers wait in line to have their flights rescheduled at the metropolitan airport, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, yesterday. - AP

BUENOS AIRES (AP):

Pilots for two state-run Argentine airlines are on strike, stranding thousands of passengers in the capital of Buenos Aires.

More than 30 international and local flights have been cancelled or delayed, including routes to cities such as Miami, Caracas, and Bogota. The strike affects Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral.

Union leader Pablo Biro says the pilots want a 35 per cent pay raise and the elimination of some taxes.

Aerolineas Argentinas called the strike disproportionate and unreasonable, saying the pilots have a contract that extends through September.