Pilots who are members of the Scandinavian trade unions in SAS Scandinavia are going on strike today across Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
As a consequence of the strike, domestic, European and long-haul flights have been canceled, and thousands of travelers will be affected. SAS said today (26 April) that 673 flights will be cancelled affecting over 72,000 passengers.
Flights operated by SAS Ireland and airlines that are subcontractors of SAS will not be affected by the strike.
The strike follows lack of success in reaching an agreement between the parties. Negotiations have been held in all three countries since March and with the support of external mediators in the final stages. SAS wishes to continue negotiations and reach an agreement to end the strike as soon as possible.
“It is deeply regretful that the pilots strike will have a negative impact on our customers. SAS is prepared to continue to negotiate, but if the requirements were to be met, they would have very negative consequences for the company.
“Nonetheless, the pilot associations have chosen conflict. Our first priority now is to take care of our passengers and at this moment in time, all SAS employees are doing everything they can to help customers affected,” says Karin Nyman, director of communications at SAS.
All members of the pilot unions have been called out on strike which means that most domestic, European and all long-haul flights have been canceled.
The strike does not include flights operated by SAS partners, which make up approximately 30% of all departures.