SAS’ Swedish pilots go on strike

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Just a day after their Norwegian colleagues settled their differences with management at Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), 400 of SAS’ pilots in Sweden did not. They went out on strike Friday, resulting in the cancellation of three flights Friday evening from Oslo to Stockholm.

“More than 300 passengers are affected in Oslo this evening because of the strike at Arlanda (Stockholm’s main airport),” Knut  Morten Johansen, information chief for SAS, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “We are very sorry about that.”

He said SAS officials were at the airport to assist passengers as best they could. “Some have decided to go home, others will wait at the airport or stay at a hotel, while train and bus routes are an alternative,” Johansen told NRK. “They can decide themselves what they want to do.”

Flights from Oslo on Saturday mostly have Norwegian crews, so he didn’t expect cancellations. SAS’ long-haul flights are also unaffected, since the striking pilots only work on short-haul flights. They’d demanding more job security and higher pay, while SAS management has responded that their demands are too high.

newsinenglish.no staff