Finnair has said that it might not have enough
pilots to operate certain flights due to restrictions put in place
by the Finnish Pilotsí Association.
Restrictions include a ban on pilots working
additional flights and pilot roster changes to cover for
Collective labor agreement negotiations
are still ongoing between Finnair and the pilot union. The
collective labor agreement expired on 15 November 2016.
Finnair has warned that it may need to cancel a flight for example
if a pilot becomes ill and there arenít enough standby and
management pilots to fill the position. Currently, Finnair has
fewer pilots available for duty than usual as the company is
training pilots for new aircraft types and positions as part of
its growth strategy.
Finnair is planning to wet lease an
aircraft to cover potential cancellations on European
Finnair cancelled one long haul flight on
Sunday. Confirmed cancellations will be announced on Finnairís
website and customers will also receive a text message or email. Customers are advised to make sure their mobile
phone numbers and email addresses are included in the reservation
In case of a flight
cancellation, customers can postpone their trip free of charge
between 28 November and 21 December, 2016 or between 1 January and
30 June 31 March 2017 according to seat availability. Customers
are entitled to a ticket refund if they choose not to travel.
ďWe are very sorry for the inconvenience and worry these
cancellations might cause to our customers. We are making every
effort to find the best possible alternative flights for our
affected customers,Ē said Jaakko Schildt, Finnairís Chief
Operating Officer. ďThe negotiations are ongoing. I am hopeful we
will reach an agreement soon with the Finnish Pilotís Association
so we can resume normal flight operations.Ē
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