Strike-hit SAS cancels more than 1,200 additional flights
FILE PHOTO: Empty seats are seen as SAS pilots go on strike at Oslo Airport in Gardermoen, Norway April 26, 2019. NTB Scanpix/Ole Berg-Rusten via REUTERS
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Scandinavian airline SAS canceled more than 1,200 flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday as a pilot strike that has already affected tens of thousands of travelers dragged into its third day on Sunday.
SAS pilots went out on strike on Friday as wage talks broke down, grounding around 70 percent of the airline’s flights and impacting the travel plans of about 170,000 passengers in the three days through Sunday alone.
“We deeply regret that our customers are affected by the ongoing pilot strike when SAS now cancels flights on Monday and Tuesday,” the airline said in a statement.
“The strike will affect an additional 61,000 passengers on Monday when 667 flights are canceled across Scandinavia. On Tuesday 49,000 passengers and 546 departures will be affected.”
Reporting by Niklas Pollard; additional reporting by Ishita Palli in Bangalore; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle