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SAS strike grounds more planes

Four routes to Norway will be directly affected by the SAS strike Friday, and five roundtrips Oslo-Stockholm have been cancelled Monday morning. Passengers have to be prepared for delays and chaos Friday afternoon and parts of the weekend.

The current conflict in the SAS system leads to four roundtrip flights to Stockholm-Oslo have been cancelled Friday. In addition to the five roundtrips on the same route which have been cancelled Monday morning.

The strike lasts from 5 a.m. till 10 a.m. Friday when the work will be resumed, but SAS passengers must still be prepared on delays and chaos this afternoon and parts of the weekend, reports the Norwegian television channel, NRK.

Cancel Monday routes
Also next weeks routes will be affected.

“We are cancelling five roundtrips Oslo-Stockholm Monday morning, and we are now calling passengers to inform them about the changes,” said Siv Meisingseth, press officer at SAS, to TV 2 Nettavisen.

If the strike is called off during the weekend the route changes will still be in effect.

Affects 10,000 passengers
From Sweden 80 departures have been cancelled Friday, four of these are roundtrips to Oslo. The passengers who were going to travel on these flights have been informed, and they have now been rebooked on other flights. A total of 10,000 passengers will be affected.

According to the Norwegian news bureau (NTB), about 1,700 Swedish packers, technicians, and mechanics are on strike. All the strikers are employees connected to SAS through Scandinavian Technical Services and Scandinavian Ground Services.

Braathens will be affected
The strike will also affect SAS’ subsidiaries Braathens, SAS Commuter, Widerøe, Snowflake and Blue 1. However, the company Skyways will not be affected by the strike.

According to the Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri, the strike will cost SAS about NOK 14 million (USD 2 million) per day.

According to the plan, the strike will be expanded from February 23. There are currently no negotiations between the parties, but SAS hopes to get the negotiations up and running during the weekend.

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