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Air Europa pilots strike against low-cost plans

MADRID, April 22 (Reuters) - Air Europa pilots have called a strike from May 5 to 9 and could walk out again in June to protest against the airline’s plan to launch a low-cost airline, they said on Tuesday.

“Talks have broken down but we appeal to the company to reflect on things,” Luis Crespi, a spokesman for the pilots told a news conference.

The pilots worry that the launch of a second, low-cost airline will endanger jobs at Air Europa, one of Iberia's IBLA.MC main rivals on short-haul routes from Spain.

Air Europa, owned by unlisted Globalia, has 527 pilots and 40 planes.

Iberia owns 20 percent of low-cost airline Clickair, which is in merger talks with Vueling VULG.MC as they try to beat off competition from foreign rivals such as easyJet EZJ.L and Ryanair RYA.L. (Reporting by Robert Hetz; Editing by David Holmes)

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