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SAS pilots' strike: European travelers hit as airline cancels hundreds more flights



Scandinavian airline SAS canceled nearly 600 flights scheduled for Sunday as a pilot 'strike entered its second day, disrupting the travel plans of tens of thousands of passengers.

grounding around 70% of the airline's flights and hitting some 170,000 people over the weekend alone.

"Said that our customers are affected by the ongoing pilot strike," SAS said in a statement on Saturday outlining its flight cancellations for the rest of the weekend.

"Due to the strike another estimated 64,000 passengers will be affected when 587 flights are canceled across Scandinavia."

SAS has taken steps such as offering free food to passengers waiting to find alternative flights to airports . The carrier, which is part-owned by the Swedish and Danish governments, has said that it has been prepared to summarize, but warned that meeting pilots' demands would have dire consequences for the company.

The aviation industry's employer body in Sweden has said pilots demanded a 1

3% wage hike, $ 8,700 a month

The SAS Pilot Group, a union body representing 95% of the airline's pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Analysts at Sydbank have estimated that the strike is costing SAS 54-63 million per day, which would effectively wipe out the money. airline's expected net profit for the year was the last two weeks strike.

The strike at SAS does not affect flights operated by its partners, which make up roughly 30% of all departures.

The airline said it s offering passengers booked on flights through May 1 to reschedule free of charge.


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