Finland's cabin crew strike grounds flights

09:42, December 01, 2010      

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Over 100 flights of Finnish airlines have been grounded on Tuesday due to a cabin crew strike began at 1 p.m. local time following failed labor talks.

Finnish flag carrier Finnair said it has cancelled over 110 domestic and international flights on Tuesday due to the strike, which totaled almost a half of its scheduled flights of the day. As a result, about 6,000 passengers have been affected. Finnair is expecting another 200 cancellations on Wednesday, influencing more than 10,000 travelers.

According to Finnair, the strike would cause it net losses of 2 to 2.5 million euros per day because of cancelled reservations and passenger re-routing. As a result, the company is probably facing losses for the fiscal year as its operating profit in the January- September period of 2010 totaled only 2 million euros.

Scandinavian Airlines subsidiary Blue1 said that it has cancelled some 20 flights on the first day of the strike and planned to operate as much as 60 percent of its daily flights during the strike.

After all-night negotiations between the representatives from airline companies and the Finnish Cabin Crew Union, Finland's state conciliator Esa Lonka said early Tuesday that the two sides were so far apart in their views that he was unable to propose mediation. The dispute hinges mainly on arrangements of cabin crews' free days after long haul flights.

No new talks have been scheduled.

Source: Xinhua


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