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Strikes at Spanish airports set to be called off

Industrial action at Spanish airports set to cause chaos for thousands of British holidaymakers look set to be cancelled as unions and employers come to agreement.

The Spanish Airports Authority and three trade unions representing ground staff at a number of Spanish airports are reported to have reached tentative agreements over pay and conditions.

The talks will continue provided union members endorse the agreement, at which point the proposed industrial action will be called off, ensuring Easter breaks and peak summer holidays are safe from disruption.

Meanwhile, India’s director of civil aviation has announced over 4,000 commercial pilots’ licenses are to be checked after an Air India pilot was found to have falsified her license. He was arrested last weekend for faking his qualifications and obtaining his commercial pilot’s license under false pretences.

A female pilot for an Indian domestic carrier lost her license recently after setting off alarms about her competence by botching a landing. She was also found to have falsified her qualification papers to get her pilot’s license.

Two more pilots, also with domestic carriers, were found not to have graduated from co-pilot status and had faked the documents required to get their pilot’s licences. Police in Delhi are expected to be involved in further investigations into licensing documents presented by would-be commercial pilots and all civil aviation sector pilots will have their qualifications examined.

In recent years, the demand for qualified civil aviation pilots in India has boomed due to the country’s rapidly increasing wealth and the explosion of low-cost carriers across the sub-continent. Airlines have been competing to employ pilots, raising police suspicions the cases exposed are just the tip of a very large iceberg.

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