Strike in Norway Impacts Norwegian and SAS Flights
Members of the Fellesforbundet hotel and restaurant workers’ trade union walked out of over 350 restaurants and hotels on April 25.
The “industrial action” spread to employees of airline catering companies Friday, resulting in flights departing for destinations across the globe without any catering.
The strike is impacting the region’s airlines, SAS and Norwegian Air Shuttle, in particular because the ability to offer passengers food is critical on long-haul flights.
“Due to industrial action amongst our catering supplier, SAS regrets that we are unable to offer food and beverages on your flight to Oslo. We recommend that you bring your own food and drinks on board,” said SAS in an e-mail to passengers.
At Oslo’s airport, signs were posted at the SAS Gold Lounge inviting passengers to take food from the lounge on their flights and bags were provided to facilitate this.
The strike resulted in the complete closing of Norway’s largest hotel, the Radisson Blu Plaza and thousands of visitors have cancelled plans to visit the country.
Major events, such as a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra in Røros, were also impacted although event organizers made arrangements for lodging across the border in ski resorts in Sweden.
Negotiations have been deadlocked almost since the strike began in late April and there is no settlement in sight.
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