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Iberia pilots to stage strikes April through July

MADRID (AP) -- Pilots for Spanish carrier Iberia have called 30 days of strikes to protest the company's recent creation of a low-cost airline they claim will cost them jobs.

The Sepla-Iberia pilots union said Tuesday stoppages will be staged every Friday and Monday between April 9-July 20 after talks with the company ended without agreement.

Iberia, Lineas Aereas de Espana S.A. launched Iberia Express last week hoping to increase profitability by entering the highly competitive European no-frills sector.

Sepla-Iberia has already staged 12 days of strikes in protest against the project. It demands guarantees to prevent any job losses among Iberia's 1,600 pilots.

The union earlier this month canceled planned strikes for April and May so talks could be held.