2,500 SAS passengers affected by strike this weekend
In connection with the Norwegian pilots’ strike, SAS has confirmed it will cancel five long-haul flights from Copenhagen this weekend, leaving over 2,500 passengers stranded over the Pentecost weekend.
The announcement comes in the wake of negotiations between the pilot union NSF and SAS, which went ahead on early Thursday morning.
The cancelled flights include outbound flights from Copenhagen to Shanghai, Chicago and San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a flight from Oslo to New York.
“We regret this very much. It is close to inexcusable that our customers should be affected in this way, and we will of course do everything possible to resolve the problem so it does not affect passengers further,” Trine Kromann-Mikkelsen, the press officer at SAS, told DR.
As things stand, there are six pilots on strike. However it is understood that the number of strikers will increase throughout the weekend.
Kromann-Mikkelsen asserts that all affected passengers will be contacted by SAS as soon as possible.
“We are doing everything we can to find other departures. We will try our best to serve our passengers so that they can fly with our partners at other stages of the day.”
“We will make direct contact with customers from today, and otherwise you can visit our website,” said Kromann-Mikkelsen.
According to Norwegian news agency NTB, each cancellation costs SAS approximately 1.6 million Norwegian kroner (1.4 million Danish kroner).