Pilots disrupt SAS flights

STOCKHOLM, 30 April 2019: Scandinavian Airline cancelled more than 1,200 flights on Monday through to today, Tuesday, due to a pilot strike that entered its fourth day on Monday.

A member of Star Alliance, SAS stopped flying to Asia in 2013 but travellers flying on Thai Airways International and Singapore Airlines to Copenhagen connect with SAS flights to destinations in Norway, Sweden and some capital cities in northern Europe. They have caught up in flight cancellations over the weekend.

The strike started on Friday over failed wage talks. Initially, it impacted on 70% of the airline’s flights and disrupting travel for about 280,000 travellers Reuters reported on Monday.

Now the airline has issued an apology to passengers saying the additional two days of disruption will impact on around 61,000 passengers and shut down 667 flights.

Today, 30 April, 546 flights will be disrupted affecting the travel plans of 49.000 passengers.

SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson commenting on the ongoing strike said: “Despite intensive negotiations and a determination to avoid conflict we have regrettably been unsuccessful.”

Partly owned by the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish governments since shortly after World War II, the airline’s latest strike was called by the SAS Pilot Group a union that covers 95% of all its pilots resident in the three countries.

Pilots are asking for a 13% wage hike despite earning monthly salaries of around 93,000 Swedish kroner a month.