UPDATED: How long will SAS flights take to get back to normal service?

Scandinavian airline SAS and the unions representing their pilots said early on Tuesday that they had reached an agreement which will bring to an end a two-week strike. But on Thursday, more than 300 flights were still cancelled.

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Copenhagen Airport illustration photo. An agreement has been reached to end the SAS pilots' strike but some services will remain disrupted in the coming days. Photo by Carlos Coronado on Unsplash

How many flights were cancelled on Thursday? 

Two days after the strike was ended, 300 flights were cancelled, of which 20 were flying from Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo. No flights from Gothenburg were cancelled. 

The airline advises passengers to check their flight status via the relevant page on the SAS website before travelling to the airport.

The website of Danish broadcaster DR shows a running list of shuttered flights within the next seven days. Users on the website can scroll down to the first blue box to find cancelled flights. 

How many flights will be cancelled on Friday? 

According to SAS’s website, flights from Stockholm are running largely as scheduled on Friday, with only three flights cancelled: the 6.30am flight to Alicante, the 7.55am to Rome, and the 5.05pm flight to Mallorca.

From Copenhagen, four flights were cancelled, the 8.30am to Bergen, the 12.40am to Venice, the 5.45pm to Malllorca, and the 6.10pm to Dublin.

From Oslo, ten flights were cancelled: the 5.50 flight to Faro 6.15am flight to Malaga, the 8.25 flight to Bodo, the 12.30pm flight to Kristiansund, the 2.45pm flight to Bergen, the 3.05pm flight to London, the 3.45pm flight to Milan, the 4.45pm flight to Barcelona, the 5.10pm flight to Split, and the 7pm flight to Kristiansund. 

When did the strike end? 

The agreement ending the strike after 15 days was confirmed by both the company and the unions after a negotiation session ran through Monday and into the early hours of Tuesday.

Despite the end of the strike having been agreed, passengers scheduled to fly with SAS in the coming days may still be affected by strike-related disruptions.

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SAS warned then that regular operations would “resume as soon as possible,” but that may not be soon enough for passengers scheduled to fly in the next few days. 

“There might be additional traffic disruptions, and consequently, cancelled flights in the next few days as we are working on getting back to normal traffic,” the airline wrote on its website on Tuesday morning. 

Flights already cancelled due to the strike will remain cancelled, SAS also stated.

Flights operated by SAS Link, SAS Connect and the company’s partners Air Baltic, CityJet and XFLY are not affected by the strike, SAS noted.

For passengers whose flights are cancelled, rebooking options within the same time frame as existing bookings are limited, SAS said.

However, passengers who can be rebooked to alternative flights will receive an SMS with information about the new itinerary. Passengers who cannot be rebooked will also receive an SMS. If your flight is cancelled you are entitled to full refund of your ticket, which can be requested on the My Bookings section of the SAS website.

SAS has meanwhile offered passengers booked on SAS operated flights between July 17th-21st the option of rebooking the ticket free of charge to a SAS operated flight on another date within the next 360 days and to the same destination.

More general information for passengers affected by the strike can be found here.

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Crisis-stricken airline SAS records heavy losses

Troubled Scandinavian airline SAS, which has filed for bankruptcy in the United States, reported deeper losses in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.

Crisis-stricken airline SAS records heavy losses

Net losses amounted to more than 1.2 billion Swedish kronor ($117 million) in the August-October period, compared to a loss of 744 million kronor a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

“As with previous quarters in 2022, the currencies (foreign exchange) and jet-fuel price have brought strong headwinds for our business,” said SAS chief executive Anko van der Werff.

The airline, however, saw the “highest number” of passengers since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, with healthy demand in the summer, van der
Werff said.

The airline, which cut 5,000 jobs in 2020, is preparing for “substantial recruitments and rehirings” to meet the expected increase in demand next
summer, he added.

SAS filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the United States in July — a move allowing a company to restructure its debts under court

Van der Werff said the airline expected to complete the court-supervised process during the second half of 2023.

Earlier this year, The airline posted a net loss of 1.84 billion kronor ($170 million) for the May-July period, compared to a loss of 1.33 billion kronor a year earlier.

Earnings were “severely affected” by the 15-day pilot strike between July 4th-19th, which led to the cancellation of some 4,000 flights affecting more than 380,000 passengers, the company said in a statement.