Switzerland, song and strikes: this week’s airline news

EasyJet will operate two new routes from Nice Airport starting next June. Passengers will be able to fly to Faro, Portugal, from June 9, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Of particular interest to business travellers, the low-cost airline will offer flights to Switzerland’s financial capital, Zurich, from June 10. This service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Easet has been the dominant carrier at Nice Airport for some time, after pushing Air France from first place.

Photo: Facebook  Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Photo: Facebook Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

In related news, the low-cost airline has enlisted the services of classical musicians to help passengers get into the spirit of Christmas. Members of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France have been serenading passengers at Nice Airport to help bring attention to the airline’s winter UNICEF appeal.

EasyJet has supported UNICEF’s polio campaign since 2012 with its “Change for Good” initiative to raise money to fight polio, a disease that afflicts mainly children and can bring about paralysis within just a few hours.

Seven musicians played traditional French and English Christmas music on two flights between Nice and Paris and in the public spaces of Nice and Paris Orly Airports.

Strike threat at BA might affect holiday travel
Many people could find their Christmas travel plans blown off course after British Airways cabin crew voted to strike over low pay.

By a margin of four to one, members of the Unite union representing cabin crew who joined BA after 2010 voted to walk off the job as soon as December 21. The Mixed Fleet union represents about 15 percent of BA cabin crew, according to the airline, and the effects of strike action may be limited.

Unite claims that real wages for Mixed Fleet cabin crew start at 12,000 pounds, plus three pounds an hour flying pay.

A union official, Matt Smith, said: “Mixed Fleet crew earn just over the minimum wage and below the national average. Significant numbers of crew are taking on second jobs, many go to work unfit to fly because they can’t afford to be sick. British Airways bosses need to wake up to the anger and the injustice here.”

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