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SAS pilot strike: What to know if you’re flying Scandinavian Airlines

SAS pilot strike: What to know if you’re flying Scandinavian Airlines
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Air travel in Scandinavia is going to be tricky this weekend as members of the Scandinavian pilot unions in SAS Scandinavia have gone on strike. As a result, Stockholm-based Scandinavian Airlines has canceled some 673 flights, including domestic and long-haul flights, and others throughout Europe. The strike was authorized after talks on a collective bargaining agreement apparently broke down. The union makes up about 95% of SAS pilots in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

Here’s what to know about the strike:

  • 673 flights have been already canceled, affecting about 72,000 passengers. The airline says it will update affected passengers via text message and email on the status of their flights.
  • The negotiations centered around wage increases and working hours, according to AP, and the two sides were unable to reach an agreement, despite talks taking place since March.
  • The strike won’t affect passengers on flights operated by SAS partners, SAS Ireland, or airlines that are subcontractors of SAS. The airline says partner flights make up approximately 30% of all departures.
  • SAS set up a dedicated page where you can track traffic disruptions. Find it here.
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