Norwegian Air passengers have been suffering more delays and on Monday afternoon, passengers on all airlines serving southern Norway were delayed by another closure of air space because of a “technical problem” with radar systems. The disruption was short and the air space reopened after just an hour, but delays were expected throughout the evening.
Norwegian Air, meanwhile, reportedly was offering its pilots double overtime pay if they’d give up days off to work. Norwegian set up busy summer flight schedules that it hasn’t been able to staff for a variety of reasons, angering passengers who’ve been left stranded for the past few days when flights were abruptly cancelled.
Airline spokespersons, who have blamed “acute illness” among pilots calling in to report that they’re “not fit for flight,” claimed there would be no cancellations apart from one flight between Copenhagen and Helsinki on Monday. Officials for the union representing the pilots claimed neither the union nor the pilots themselves have been mounting any campaign against the airline, even though an agreement regarding overtime pay expired July 1.