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Malév pilots protest layoffs, threaten strike

Hungary's commercial pilots union has protested layoffs by national carrier Malév and are not excluding the possibility of a strike.

A hundred Malév pilots received notice on Monday, according to the pilots union. Malév, however, says it gave notice to 78 pilots. The layoffs were part of planned staff cuts announced at the beginning of August. Though the airline laid off just 307 staff - including the pilots - in the end, instead of the announced 400, Malév said.

Malév laid off 120 staff, or 6pc of the total, in November 2007. Under the airline's privatization contract, Malév's owners may not lay off more than 30pc of staff in three years.

Malév earlier said it would scrap its long-haul flights to New York and Toronto in the winter timetable and take its two Boeing 767s out of the fleet. (MTI – Econews)