Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has issued this statement:
Members of the Swedish pilot union (Svensk Pilotförening, SPF) in SAS Scandinavia have been called out on strike. As a consequence of the strike, domestic, European and long-haul flights have been canceled, and thousands of travelers will be affected. Flights operated by SAS Ireland and airlines that are subcontractors of SAS will not be affected by the strike.
The strike follows SPF’s rejection of the mediator proposals for agreements. Negotiations have been held since March with the support of external mediators in the final stages. SAS wishes to continue negotiations and reach an agreement to end the strike as soon as possible. Negotiations are still ongoing in Denmark and Norway.
All members of the Swedish pilot unions have been called out on strike which means that many domestic, European and long-haul flights have been canceled. The strike does not include flights operated by SAS partners, which make up approximately 30% of all departures.
The strike follows lack of success in reaching an agreement between the parties. Negotiations have been held in all three countries since March and with the support of external mediators in the final stages. SAS wishes to continue negotiations and reach an agreement to end the strike as soon as possible.
“It is deeply regretful that the pilots strike will have a negative impact on our customers. SAS is prepared to continue to negotiate, but if the requirements were to be met, they would have very negative consequences for the company. Nonetheless, the pilot associations have chosen conflict. Our first priority now is to take care of our passengers and at this moment in time, all SAS employees are doing everything they can to help customers affected,” says Karin Nyman, Director of Communications at SAS.
All members of the pilot unions have been called out on strike which means that most domestic, European and all long-haul flights have been canceled. The strike does not include flights operated by SAS partners, which make up approximately 30% of all departures.
Customers who have a flight booked, are advised to check if their flight is impacted by the strike at www.flysas.com/en/disruptions.
On Friday, April 26, 673 flights will be canceled affecting over 72,000 passengers.
SAS will send updates via SMS and email to those passengers affected. There is a dedicated page for all information concerning traffic disruptions: www.flysas.com/en/disruptions, which will be updated continuously. Everyone who has a flight booked is advised to check the status of their flight on the website before going to the airport as flight status information is frequently updated.
TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS DUE TO PILOT STRIKE IN DENMARK, NORWAY AND SWEDEN
We’re sorry if you’ve been affected by the ongoing pilot strike that has led to delays and canceled flights.
We’re doing everything we can to help everyone.
Flights operated by SAS’ partners will not be affected by the strike.
SAS is striving to reach a solution as quickly as possible to prevent additional inconveniences for travelers.
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