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SAS strike affected 380,000 passengers in July

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SAS strike affected 380,000 passengers in July
Passengers are seen at Copenhagen Airport after the end of the Scandinavian airline SAS pilot strike, on July 19, 2022. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP

More than 3,700 flights where cancelled and 380,000 passengers where affected by the 15-day strike which hit Scandinavia's SAS airline last month, the company has revealed.

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“We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected by the July strike," Anko van der Werff, the company's chief executive, said in a press release. "We are happy operations returned to normality again allowing us to start regaining our customers’ trust."

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According to the release, 1.3 million passengers travelled with the airline in July, which was still a 23 percent increase on the same month last year, when Covid-19 restrictions were still reducing tourism levels.

"In comparison with last month, the total number of passengers decreased with 32 percent and capacity was decreased by 23 percent, which was a result from the 15-day pilot strike," the release read. 

Pilot unions in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, went on strike for 15 days last month over pay, conditions, and the company's refusal to rehire pilots laid off during the Covid-19 pandemic on the same terms as before. 

The strike, which cost the airline between €9m and €12m a day, was ended on July 19th, after which it took several days to get flights back to normal

Van der Werff said company said it would now continue putting in place its restructuring plan, SAS FORWARD, and push ahead with restructuring in the US, where the company has filed for Chapter 11. 

He said these would both "accelerate the transformation process that will lead to a financially stable airline, that will be able to deliver the service our customers are expecting". 

 

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