Mango airline pilots have embarked on a strike commencing officially at 5am on Monday, October 14, according to Solidarity, the union representing about 95% of the pilots.
The action by Mango pilots is a result of a failure in wage negotiations on Sunday night.
The two parties are unable to resolve the dispute with the airline offering a 6% salary hike while the union is looking for an 8.5% settlement for the pilots.
The airline informed passengers about the delays through Facebook and Twitter on Monday and advised them to contact check-in desks for flights that have been re-accommodated in other operators.
Some flights to Johannesburg, George, Durban and Cape Town have been affected and rescheduled for later departure times.
Meanwhile, in another airline related incident a strike by South African Airlink cabin crew was averted after an agreement was reached by the company and labour union South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) after a new remuneration agreement was reached
South African Airlink's marketing manager Karin Murray issued a statement on Friday, October 13, about a new remuneration agreement reached with Satawu.
“South African Airlink advises customers that its scheduled flights will operate as normal after a new remuneration agreement was reached with the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, which, in turn, has called off its intended strike,” the statement said.
According to Matthew Ramose, Satawu's aviation coordinator, the union and South African Airlink reached an agreement that the union membership has agreed with. The union and airliner agreed to a 10% increment and an additional R2,000 per month backdated to September 1.
The agreement includes a flight pay allowance for cabin crew whose minimum is set to increase by 7.63% from R380 to R409 for just less than six hours and is capped at an increase of 9.09% amounting to R492 for flights exceeding twelve hours.
Other increases included in the new remuneration package include the following:
Night subsistence allowance will increase to R360 (previously R309) (16.50% increase).
The night shift allowance will increase from R65 to R70 (7.69% increase).
Airport reserve allowance will increase from R130 to R140 (7.69% increase).
The in-charge allowance will increase from R132 to R143 (8.33% increase).
The trainer allowance will increase from R143 to R154 (7.69% increase).
The allowance for working on an off day will increase from R424 to R500 (17.92% increase).
Extended flight pay allowance will be based on a sliding scale for hours flown exceeding 65 hours every. It commences at R120 for ten additional hours and an increase of R10 for every five hours after the employee's extended flight is past 75 hours.