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Wed, 1 May 2019

More Flights Cancelled as SAS Pilot Strike Continues

SAS has confirmed that as a result of the ongoing pilot strike, 504 departures across Scandinavia will be cancelled on Wednesday.

About 47,000 travelers will be affected by the cancellations.

Negotiations between SAS and the pilots’ unions have not yet resumed.

SAS Airbus A320 reg: OY-KAW at Heathrow. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

“I am deeply concerned that the pilot strike hasn’t been resolved and that it is continuing to affect our customers,” says Rickard Gustafson, President & CEO of SAS. “The consequences are serious for all travelers, for society and also for all our employees who are working around the clock to help everyone. The demands made by the pilots’ unions entail significant cost increases for SAS that would threaten the company’s long-term competitiveness and consequently, the jobs of all SAS’ employees. SAS has clearly stated that we are prepared to continue negotiating and find a solution. The unions have not yet indicated that they are ready to release their ultimate demands and return to the negotiating table, which means that we remain in a deadlock.”

Travelers concerned that the strike could impact their travel plans may rebook or cancel their tickets free of charge until 5 May 2019. More detailed information about rebooking and cancellation rules can be found on SAS’ website.

SAS states that the number of flights cancelled and passengers affected thus far is as follows:

Friday, 26 April 2019, 673 - 72,300
Saturday, 27 April 2019, 329 - 33,912
Sunday, 28 April 2019, 587 - 63,360
Monday, 29 April 2019, 667 - 60,813
Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 546 - 48,949
Wednesday, 1 May 2019, 504 - 47,583

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