SAS cancels 1,700 flights due to pilot strike and late aircraft deliveries

SAS cancels 1,700 flights due to pilot strike and late aircraft deliveries

Scandinavian airline SAS has suspended 1,700 flights in the coming months partly because of a two-week pilots’ strike in July over labor contracts and delayed aircraft deliveries.

SAS, whose main owners are Sweden and Denmark, grounded some 3,700 flights during the crippling strike which the airline says has cast doubt on the carrier’s future.

SAS said on Friday that 1,700 flights, or around 4% of the total number of flights, were canceled in September and October. Travelers had been informed and re-booked on other flights, he added.

“These are the effects of the strike but also delayed aircraft deliveries and other factors,” an SAS spokesperson said, adding that the company did not see a drop in demand.

SAS said it secured bridge financing last week during its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection proceedings in the United States through an agreement with US private equity firm Apollo Global Management.

The carrier, which even before the pandemic was losing money to growing competition from low-cost airlines, filed for protection in July, a day after the strike was launched.

The Swedish government rejected a call for more cash, while Denmark said it could write off some of its debt and inject new funds if SAS also finds support from new private sector investors.

Compensation for canceled flights within the EU up to €600

Source: Reuters

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