SAS flights have been cancelled by the hundreds as the Sweden-based carrier’s pilots walk out. Today’s strike affects 70 per cent of SAS flights – 673 in total – hitting domestic, European and long-haul, reported Bloomberg. Around 72,000 passengers are set to be affected by the travel chaos caused. The pilots are striking over pay and threatened action after turning down measures proposed by a mediator in talks which began in March. This is the latest travel advice.
SAS strike: Hundreds of Scandinavian Airlines flights cancelled as pilots go on strike
What should SAS customers do?
Passengers due to fly with SAS are urged to check their flight status before heading to the airport.
SAS tweeted the latest update on Twitter, apologising for the disruption.
“We’re sorry if you’re affected by the ongoing pilot strike by the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish pilot unions that has led to delays and cancelled flights,” they wrote. “We’re doing everything we can to help everyone.
“SAS is striving to reach a solution as quickly as possible to prevent additional inconveniences for travellers.
“Before travelling to the airport, please check your flight status. For up-to-date information about the traffic situation, please visit our website”
What options do SAS passengers have?
On their website, SAS list the three options that affected passengers have now.
The first is “Wait for us to rebook you to the next available flight.” The second is:
“Contact SAS or your travel agent to rebook your ticket to a later date.”
And the third option is: “Cancel your flight and get a refund from your original place of purchase.”
Which SAS UK flights are cancelled?
Among the grounded flights are two flights into Heathrow Airport. One from Oslo, Norway, at 1.15pm and another form Stockholm, Sweden, at 4.15pm.
The 5.50pm from Stavanger, Norway and 6.30pm from Copenhagen, Denmark to Heathrow have also been cancelled.
A 5.50pm flight from Copenhagen to Birmingham Airport has also been scrapped.
As for Manchester Airport, the following flights have been cancelled: 4.20pm from Stockholm, 5.20pm from Copenhagen, 7.20pm from Oslo, Norway and 8.05pm from Bergen, Norway.
What will happen next with SAS?
SAS has said it is willing to bargain with the striking pilots and hopes to reach an agreement soon.
“SAS is prepared to continue to negotiate, but if the requirements were to be met, they would have very negative consequences for the company,” a SAS statement said. “Nonetheless, the pilot associations have chosen conflict.”
The strike is not affecting SAS Ireland and airlines that are subcontractors of SAS.
An expert has revealed what passengers should of if their flight is delayed or cancelled.
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