Scandinavian Airlines strike in 4th day, affecting thousands

Apr 30, 2019, 00:23
Scandinavian Airlines strike in 4th day, affecting thousands

SAS pilots went on strike on Friday as wage talks broke down, grounding around 70 percent of the airline's flights and hitting some 170,000 people over the weekend alone.

"Due to the strike another estimated 64,000 passengers will be affected (on Sunday) when 587 flights are canceled across Scandinavia".

"SAS is striving to reach a solution as quickly as possible to prevent additional inconveniences for traveler".

Nearly 30 percent of SAS flights are operated by partner airlines and are not affected by the industrial action.

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"We're doing everything we can to help our passengers".

While the airline is an important link across Scandinavia, it also has long-haul global flights to the USA and Asia.

"We deeply regret that our customers are affected by the ongoing pilot strike that has led to delays and cancelled flights", SAS said in a statement.

The pilots' negotiations, which started in March, are mainly about salary increases and working hours. It said that it is ready to resume the negotiations, however, it warned that meeting the demands of the pilots would have terrible consequences for the company.

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The Stockholm-based carrier said talks on a new collective bargaining agreement with the SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95% of the company's pilots in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, collapsed early Friday. We are very, very confident that the demands we have are not at all irresponsible, as has been said.

The flag carrier is partly-owned by the Danish and Swedish governments.

Pilots that are members of the SAS pilot union have begun striking for better predictability in their working days with five days on work, followed by four days off, followed by the same again; the pilots are also requesting a 13% pay raise. The airline had been optimistic that they would achieve the goal of a net profit for the financial year but a continuing strike and any future negative impact of passenger confidence will make this goal more hard to achieve.

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