Finnair has announced that it will cancel over
90 flights on Friday, 17 March due to strikes at Helsinki Airport.
An airport strike and support actions are
planned for Friday, 17 March 2017 from 3 pm – 7 pm EET at Helsinki
Airport, related to the dispute between the Finnish Aviation Union
and the service sector employer union Palta.
The airport strike will again considerably
impact Finnair’s flights on Friday, even though Finnair is in no
way a party in the dispute.
The impact is expected to be approximately the
same as the strike which took place last Friday.
“This is already the second time we have to
cancel over 90 flights, which is nearly one third of our daily
flights on Friday. Cancellations apply to a large share of our
domestic and European traffic during the strike time,” said Jaakko
Schildt, Finnair’s Chief Operating Officer. “The cancellations
unfortunately again disrupt the travel plans of thousands of
Finnair customers. We sincerely apologize for the trouble and
concern this is causing to our customers. We hope that the parties
to the dispute will reach an agreement as soon as possible.”
In addition to the cancellations, Finnair will
also make changes to the departure times of certain flights, so
that they can be operated outside the strike hours.
A list of cancellations and further information
is available on
website. Finnair will also
communicate with text messages and emails directly to customers
whose flights are impacted.
“We ask our customers for patience, as
contacting over 6,500 customers and finding suitable rerouting for
them unfortunately takes some time. Last week we started
contacting customers on Thursday morning and we were able to reach
everyone by noon on Friday,” Schildt said.
The catering for flights that are flown during
the strike will be limited, except for long-haul flights.
Finnair advises customers to reserve enough time
when arriving for their flights, as delays are expected at
Helsinki Airport. Customers are also asked to travel with hand
luggage only, if possible, as there will be considerable delays in
baggage handling on Friday.
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