Oslo Airport risks the most cancellations this weekend if the SAS pilots go on strike.
It shows figures VG has obtained from the airline websiteswhere they inform about flights that “are likely to be canceled if the strike occurs”.
A total of 344 flights out of a total of 1229 flights in the SAS route network are in danger of being canceled during the weekend of Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July if the pilots goes on strike Saturday night.
141 of these are flights from Norway.
Oslo Airport is the airport that risks being decidedly hardest hit by cancellations this weekend if the strike occurs:
There, 105 of 215 departures are in danger of being canceled on Saturday and Sunday.
Mainly SAS Scandinavia aircraft are affected
Common to the flights that can be canceled is that they mainly operate by SAS Scandinavia, and not the subsidiaries SAS Connect and SAS Link, or others that operate on the SAS route network. This is because it is the pilots in SAS Scandinavia who have now issued a strike warning.
The other companies also have other collective agreements.
Aircraft operated by the subsidiaries currently do not appear to be affected by a possible strike. However, it can happen:
– We demand a solution from the customer, but if there is a strike, it will mean that parts of the SAS departures go as normal – but there may be some traffic disruptions in that part of SAS as well, because scheduled flights are connected. You can see who is flying on your ticket, where it says «operated by», explains Tonje Sund, press manager at SAS Norway.
A free rebooking
After Oslo Airport, it is Copenhagen Airport Kastrup that risks the most cancellations, where 47 of 194 departures can be canceled.
– If people have a flight that goes on the weekend, do you recommend that they rebook it?
– We advise people to follow the status of their flight in the app or on our website. Affected passengers will be notified by SAS, says press manager Sund in SAS further.
– But they will only be notified when a flight is canceled?
– Yes, if a flight is canceled, you will be notified, she says.
SAS offers travelers one free rebooking if they fly with SAS Scandinavia, SAS Link, SAS Connect, Air Baltic, Cityjet or XFLY, which risks being affected by the potential strike.
– Can flights be canceled as a precautionary measure before a possible strike occurs?
– It will be pure speculation.
– Oslo seems to be affected by most cancellations this weekend. What causes it?
– I do not want to speculate on how the traffic picture will be in the event of a strike, she continues.
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As of 20.20, there are 16 flights, according to VG’s overview of air traffic in Norway and the world.