News Summary: Turkey bans aviation strikes

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Posted: May 31, 2012 1:24 PM
News Summary: Turkey bans aviation strikes

GROUNDED: Turkey's parliament has passed legislation that would ban strikes and lockouts in the country's aviation sector after a protest by workers at Turkish Airlines this week forced the national carrier to cancel many flights.

UNDER THE WEATHER: Turkish Airlines, Europe's fourth largest carrier, said many of its workers protested the pending legislation by calling in sick, forcing it to cancel 223 flights _ affecting more than 100,000 passengers _ and costing the company nearly $2 million.

IMAGE PROBLEMS: The airline said the protest damaged its reputation and efforts to make Istanbul an international transit hub.