Sindicato Español de Pilotos de Líneas Aéreas (SEPLA)

The Spanish Airline Pilots' Union (SEPLA) is a professional institution with its own legal personality whose basic aim is the exercise of trade union freedom referred to in Article 28.1 of the Spanish Constitution.


The Spanish Pilots' Union was established in 1978, according to the provisions of the Freedom of Association Law for the maintenance, development and custody of the interests of commercial and air transportation pilots. This institution is independent of any party or group of political interest, which allows the free development of activities dedicated to the protection and practice of the professional and employment rights of Spanish pilots.


SEPLA's core activity is the establishment and maintenance of professional, labour and social environment. Its development and continuous improvement ensuring flight safety, protection and assistance for all its members, keeping ethics and solidarity amongst themselves and other professionals, members of their own unions and associations, involved in flight activity throughout the world.

Moreover, SEPLA has established permanent contact with international civil aviation and air transportation associations such as IFALPA (International Federation of Airline Pilots Association) which brings together and represents more than 100,000 professional pilots in over 100 countries world-wide, ECA (European Cockpit Association) and OIP (Ibero-American Pilots).  SEPLA also collaborates with national and international air transport companies and multiple organizations dedicated to the development of civil aviation.

SEPLA collaborates with the Spanish Pilots Association (AEP) and the Professional Pilots Association of Civil Aviation to jointly support and develop the professional interests of more than 4,600 professional Spanish pilots, 98% of  their total number, who work in multiple sectors such as commercial passengers transportation , cargo and mail, aerial work, helicopters, air taxis, ambulances, business and corporate travel, aerospace education, etc..


Functionally, the union is organized under the mandate of the General Assembly, which meets regularly once a year. An Executive Board meets monthly. This Board is chaired by the President, and it is made up by the President's Team or Executive Council, the Labour Councils Leaders, the Technical, Social, Institutional and Communications and Media Relationship Departments.

The corporate day by day is managed by the President and five more active pilots, among them the Vice President, the Secretary and the Treasurer. Staff and advisors (around 35) on different areas, help to manage all the matters, from administrative to legal, industrial or media relationship. All of them work at Madrid HQ, though some staff is based in the offices of Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Gran Canaria, Valencia and Terminal 4 of Madrid-Barajas Airport.

SEPLA represents, vis-à-vis the Authorities, the companies and society - the labour and professional interests of 3500 airline, helicopter and general aviation pilots. This means that over 95% of Spanish commercial pilots are SEPLA members. Furthermore, SEPLA extends its social responsibility to another 2000 retired and new pilots, as well as pilots who have lost their license, that are union members with a special status. SEPLA is a founding member and the main keeper of SEPLA-Ayuda, a non-governmental organization that takes care of needy girls and boys in Malabo.




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Sindicato Español De Pilotos

De Lineas Aéreas

Address: Calle General Diaz Porlier , 49

28001, Madrid

Tel: +34 91 309 67 50  

Fax: +34 91 401 78 38