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Airline SAS halves number of departures from Copenhagen

Scandinavian airline SAS is to cut the number of flights operating from Copenhagen Airport from 44 to 22.

Airline SAS halves number of departures from Copenhagen
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Having already significantly scaled back flights due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the airline will reduce from the 44 daily departures from the Danish capital which were offered during the Christmas period, industry media Check-in reports.

The company’s acting head of media relations Alexandra Lindgren Kaoukji cited travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus.

“The new restrictions naturally mean a further reduction in demand for travel to and from Denmark,” Kaoukji told Check-in.

Denmark currently requires all non-resident foreign nationals entering the country to provide a negative Covid-19 test and a valid reason for travel. Airline passengers must document a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 24 hours at the time their flight departs.

READ ALSO: Denmark bans flights without negative Covid-19 tests

Current SAS services out of Copenhagen include flights to Aarhus, Aalborg and 20 other destinations including 15 in Europe, with the remainder in the United States and China.

“We now hope that the decisions that have been made to stop the spread of the virus, along with the introduction of vaccines, will soon enable us to see the light at the end of the tunnel and return to normal as soon as possible,” Kaoukji also said.

The head of media relations was unable to give a timeline for a return to more frequent services.

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‘We agree to disagree’: Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

By lunchtime on Friday, talks between the Scandinavian airline SAS and unions representing striking pilots were still stuck on "difficult issues".

'We agree to disagree': Still no progress in marathon SAS strike talks

“We agree that we disagree,” Roger Klokset, from the Norwegian pilots’ union, said at lunchtime outside the headquarters of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise in Stockholm, where talks are taking place. “We are still working to find a solution, and so long as there is still some point in continuing negotiations, we will do that.” 

Mats Ruland, a mediator for the Norwegian government, said that there were “still several difficult issues which need to be solved”. 

At 1pm on Friday, the two sides took a short break from the talks for lunch, after starting at 9am. On Thursday, they negotiated for 15 hours, breaking off at 1am on Friday morning. 

READ ALSO: What’s the latest on the SAS plane strike?

Marianne Hernæs, SAS’s negotiator on Friday told journalists she was tired after sitting at the negotiating table long into the night. 

“We need to find a model where we can meet in the middle and which can ensure that we pull in the income that we are dependent on,” she said. 

Klokset said that there was “a good atmosphere” in the talks, and that the unions were sticking together to represent their members.

“I think we’ve been extremely flexible so far. It’s ‘out of this world’,’ said Henrik Thyregod, with the Danish pilots’ union. 

“This could have been solved back in December if SAS had not made unreasonable demands on the pilots,” Klokset added. 

The strike, which is now in its 12th day, has cost SAS up to 130m kronor a day, with 2,550 flights cancelled by Thursday, affecting 270,000 passengers. 

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