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Avianca to reoffer jobs to round 100 pilots amid restructuring By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A departing Avianca Airways flight is seen on the tarmac through the reopening ceremony on the Mons. Oscar Arnulfo Romero Worldwide Airport, in San Luis Talpa, El Salvador September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/File Picture

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Airline Avianca Holdings (NYSE:), which is within the means of ending a restructuring course of underneath Chapter 11 chapter, is to supply round 100 pilots who left the corporate following a strike in 2017 the prospect to rejoin the corporate, it stated on Thursday.

“Doubtless, at the moment we mark a milestone in our historical past and it is a golden alternative to start out from scratch, to strengthen teamwork and construct the Avianca all of us want,” stated the corporate’s chief government and president, Adrian Neuhauser.

The airline struggled with a 51-day pilots’ strike between September and November 2017, grounding half its fleet and leading to dozens of pilots being fired, whereas others resigned or have been pensioned off.

The plan will allow the airline to function greater than 200 direct routes with its fleet of greater than 130 plane by 2025, it stated.

The pilots who return to Avianca will accomplish that underneath the identical situations that have been agreed with pilots in 2020, whereas the corporate plans to start out a coaching program that exceeds the necessities of aeronautical rules.

Avianca filed for Chapter 11 chapter after being battered by the coronavirus pandemic. A court docket in the USA accepted the corporate’s restructuring plan in November.

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