Tens of thousands affected as SAS pilot strike continued

While the airline is an important link across Scandinavia, it also has long-haul international flights to the U.S. and Asia. Domestic, European and long-haul flights will be affected by the strike.

Scandinavian airlines (SAS) has cancelled 1,200 flights over Monday and Tuesday due to an ongoing pilot strike. Over 100,000 passengers are expected to be affected, SAS announced on Sunday.

Pilots from all three Scandinavian countries are taking part in the strike, demanding better pay and working conditions, including more predictable schedules.

In a press release, the airline announced that there will be 667 cancellations throughout Scandinavia on Monday, affecting about 61,000 passengers. The effects will continue to be felt on Tuesday, by approximately 49,000 passengers, with 546 flights due to be canceled.

On Saturday, the strike affected approximately 34,000 travelers, and on Sunday the strike is expected to disrupt more than 60,000 travelers. On Sunday morning, the situation was still at a deadlock, Wilhelm Tersmeden, chairman of the union’s Swedish pilot association’s SAS section, told Swedish News SVT.

Negotiations between the unions and the airline have failed to reach an agreement thus far. Since the strike began, communication between the two sides has broken down. SVT reports that the unions and the employer have not spoken over the weekend.

“SAS is prepared to continue to negotiate, but if the requirements were to be met, they would have very negative consequences for the company,” Karin Nyman, director of communications at SAS, wrote in a press release.

While the airline is an important link across Scandinavia, it also has long-haul international flights to the U.S. and Asia. Domestic, European and long-haul flights will be affected by the strike.