Swedish Pilot Strike Causing Delays, Cancellations for Scandinavian Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines has announced that many of its flights have been canceled due to a strike by Swedish pilots over a wage increase.
According to The Associated Press, the strike affected an estimated 160 flights and some 20,000 passengers Saturday, and the strike carried over into Monday where another 230 flights and 27,000 passengers would be impacted by the pilots.
The union representing the Swedish pilots has demanded a 3.5 percent salary increase, which is more than the 2.2 percent raise offered by the airline. Scandinavian Airlines said that flights which were captained by Danish and Norwegian pilots would not be affected by the strike.
The strike began Friday when Scandinavian Airlines and the pilots’ union were unable to come to an agreement, and it has carried on throughout the weekend and into Monday. The airline is the largest in Scandinavia, and it is partly owned by the governments of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
A report from the Agence France-Presse indicates the airline could be losing at least $1.2 million (1.1 million Euros) per day due to the strikes.
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