Europe Hit by Strikes at Air France, SAS, EasyJet
Strikes at three European airlines are making it difficult for travelers to get to their destinations in various parts of Europe as the 2016 UEFA European Championship gets underway.
A walkout by Swedish pilots at Scandinavian Airlines resulted in the cancellation of 230 domestic Swedish and European flights Monday and plans to cancel 240 flights Tuesday. Long-haul flights to and from the United States and Asia are not impacted by the job action, nor are flights operated by the airline’s Danish and Norwegian pilots.
The strike started Friday and has impacted almost 900 flights and over 100,000 passengers, the carrier said in a statement. The action follows a demand for a wage increase that the carrier says it simply cannot afford.
“Our sincere apologies to you if you are one of many passengers that are affected by cancelled flights and delays due to the pilot strike,” the airline said on its website.
Meanwhile, Air France pilots began a four-day strike Saturday, which resulted in the cancellation of 20% of the airline’s flights over the weekend. Approximately 25% of the French flag carrier’s pilots are taking part in the job action, which was timed to coincide with the opening of the Euro 2016 football championship in France. Pilots and other workers at KLM, the carrier’s sister airline, are not taking part in the job action.
Finally, pilots at EasyJet said they plan to strike on Tuesday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time after the pilots union and carrier failed to agree on a contract for employees operating from that hub.
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