Cuba: Plane crash in Havana kills more than 100
HAVANA, May 18 - More than 100 people were killed in a fiery crash of a Boeing 737 passenger plane in Cuba on Friday, “There were 3 seriously injured survivors among the 114 passengers and crew” Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel said. The aircraft, on a domestic flight to Holguin in eastern Cuba, crashed shortly after taking off from Havana, Cuban state-run media reported. There were 105 passengers, including 5 children, and 9 crew members.
Ireland: Ryanair's Irish pilot union threaten to strike if demands are not met by 24 May
Ryanair’s Irish union has given the company until May 24 to agree to new working practices, or it will ballot pilots for possible industrial action, including strikes. The airline has experienced some minor disruption due to industrial action in Germany and Portugal, but has so far avoided a major strike. The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association wrote to CEO Michael O’Leary in a letter dated May 17. The union is demanding an introduction of new systems for dealing with base allocations, promotions and annual leave. The company will release its full-year results May 21.
UK: Luton Airport employees postpone planned industrial action
Baggage handlers employed by Menzies Aviation and airport assistance workers with Clece Care Service Ltd are still due to strike 26-30 May. A statement on Luton Airport's website said there "remains a chance of some minor disruption".
Russia: Saratov Airlines to cease operations as of 31 May
Saratov Airlines (6W, Saratov Tsentralny) has confirmed it will terminate all flight operations after Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) ordered it to suspend the sale of tickets for travel beyond 31 May.