EgyptAir pilots threaten to resign, talks set for Saturday

CAIRO (AP) — Union officials say 224 EgyptAir pilots have threatened to resign after disputes with the company and will meet with managers and civil aviation officials this weekend for talks.

In a Wednesday statement supporting the pilots, Egypt's pilot syndicate said that the civil aviation authority had broken labor law by stipulating pilots can fly up to 14 hours a day.

Airport officials at Cairo International Airport said that only one flight had been delayed. EgyptAir has some 850 pilots. An official there confirmed the pilots had requested to resign but added that talks including the aviation minister were scheduled for Saturday.

FILE - In this Monday, April 21, 2008 file photo, tourists wait for their flight, as an Egyptair plane is seen, background, at a waiting hall in Cairo's inte...

FILE - In this Monday, April 21, 2008 file photo, tourists wait for their flight, as an Egyptair plane is seen, background, at a waiting hall in Cairo's international airport in Egypt. Union officials said Wednesday, May 6, 2015, that 224 EgyptAir pilots have threatened to resign after disputes with the company and will meet with managers and civil aviation officials this weekend for talks. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

EgyptAir later said in a statement that it had been negotiating with pilots a day earlier and now was considering the resignations.

FILE - In this Monday April 21, 2008 file photo, an EgyptAir bus and an EgyptAir plane are seen in Cairo international airport, Egypt. Union officials said W...

FILE - In this Monday April 21, 2008 file photo, an EgyptAir bus and an EgyptAir plane are seen in Cairo international airport, Egypt. Union officials said Wednesday, May 6, 2015, that 224 EgyptAir pilots have threatened to resign after disputes with the company and will meet with managers and civil aviation officials this weekend for talks. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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