Flights cancelled as Swedish SAS staff strike


Flights cancelled as Swedish SAS staff strike
File photo of an SAS plane: Foto: Terje Pedersen/NTB/TT

Flights cancelled as Swedish SAS staff strike



Passengers travelling between some Swedish cities and to Finland are affected by the strike, which got under way at 7am. But the walk out is not expected to have an impact on other routes.
Flights to and from Stockholm and Kalmar, Visby, Åbo and Vasa have been called off. However a spokesperson for SAS said they hoped that services would resume by 3pm.
"We hope that the parties that are negotiating do their job and agree on a collective agreement. We are now focussing on taking care of our customers and making bookings for them so that they can arrive at their destinations," said press officer Cathrine Sandgren.
Around 340 travellers are affected by the strike, according to the airline.
The row between bosses and staff working for Scandinavia's largest airline is focussed on the salaries and conditions of around 30 cabin crew who work on SAS flights which are operated by the UK-based budget carrier Flybe.
The staff on the routes are employed by a recruitment agency, Global Employer Agency and the Swedish pilots' union SPF and the Unionen union have been trying to pin down a deal for them since last autumn.
SAS has previously threatened to close down a "large number of regional routes" in the Nordics if unions fail to accept its terms.
The company, which is partially owned by the governments of Sweden, Denmark and Norway has spent the past few years struggling in the face of growing competition from low cost airlines, including Ryanair and Oslo-based Norwegian, Europe's third-largest budget carrier.

But in September it announced its pre-tax profits were 30 percent higher this summer than in 2014 and said the firm had celebrated its best July for a decade.
   
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