LONDON Jan 30 The chief executive of
International Airlines Group will reject a request by a pilots
union to discuss the restructuring of Spanish subsidiary Iberia,
the Financial Times reported on its website on Wednesday.
An unidentified person familiar with the situation told the
newspaper IAG chief Willie Walsh was not expected to take part
in talks with the Sepla union representing Spanish pilots.
The newspaper said IAG declined to comment as to whether
Walsh would meet the union but said: "Discussions about
restructuring at Iberia are taking place between Iberia and its
IAG set a deadline of Thursday for an agreement on a
cost-cutting plan, with no agreement yet secured.
The unions threatened strike action if there was no deal and
IAG went ahead with more wide-reaching restructuring plans, the
Formed following the merger of British Airways and Iberia in
2011, IAG is expected to post an operating loss of 120 million
euros, mainly due to the difficulties experienced by its Spanish