Here’s the latest on how passengers continue to be affected by the Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) pilot strike.
SAS cancellations on May 1, 2019, will affect 47,000 passengers. The airline issued their press release update today.
There has been no talks between SAS and their pilot unions since Friday.
This chart shows flights and passengers affected by the strike From Friday, April 26 (the beginning of the strike) until and including May 1, 2019:
Rickard Gustafson, President & CEO of Scandinavian Airlines expressed concern that the pilot strike still hasn’t been resolved. He was concerned about how this affects customers.
Gustafson stated that the demands by the pilot unions cannot be approved, since that would threaten the company’s long-term competitiveness and the jobs of the employees at SAS.
Furthermore, he stated that his airline is prepared to continue negotiating and to find a solution to the dispute between the company and the pilot unions. Gustafson was quick to add that the parties remain in a deadlock, however.
Continued passenger concerns
It is important to note, however, that flights that are operated by SAS’ partners won’t be affected.
If you are concerned that the strike could affect your travel plans: you can cancel or rebook your tickets with no charge until May 5.
SAS just announced that they are sending out notices of furlough to about 1,000 flight attendants as a result of the strike. That is not good news for passengers. Even after the strike ends this is bound to affect scheduling for regular ops.
How airline operations resume after a pilot strike
Regular airline operations typically take a minimum of 48 hours to accomplish after a pilot strike ends.
Once the strike does end passengers need to be aware that it will take time to get everything back to normal operations again. So do not expect SAS to go back to a regular schedule again until the dust settles.
The reason for such a delay is that airplanes typically need to be flown back to base before the schedule can resume.
Pilots returning from the strike first need to deadhead (fly as passengers) to where the planes are to pick them up and then fly them back to their base.
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