SAS pilots threaten to go on strike

Baku, June 9 AZERTAC

Airline passengers may encounter more turbulence from Thursday if Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and its pilots fail to agree on terms for their holidays, just as the busy summer holiday season is getting underway. SAS was hoping for a settlement by the strike deadline at midnight on Wednesday.

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) reports a double-digit increase in passengers as does rival Norwegian.

At issue is whether SAS can have greater freedom over deciding when its pilots can take off on holiday themselves. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported Tuesday that the airline often finds itself with six aircraft designated for both short- and long-haul routes parked on the tarmac, right in the middle of the July summer holiday season in Norway, because too many pilots have taken off on their own summer holidays.

That would upset travel plans for tens of thousands of passengers. SAS’ long-distance routes, however, are expected to run as scheduled.

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