Finnair has to cancel altogether roughly 100 flights leaving Helsinki Airport on Sunday 20 November and Monday 21 November. The Finnish Transport Workers’ Union AKT has introduced a strike concerning Finnair’s cabin crew in Helsinki between Sunday twentieth Nov at 3 p.m. EET and Monday twenty first Nov at 3 p.m.
Flight cancellations and rerouting of consumers started on Saturday and work continues right this moment. Finnair informs prospects of flight cancellations utilizing the contact info offered within the reserving, and does its finest to supply prospects a brand new routing to their vacation spot. Customers may also verify the standing of their flight within the Manage reserving service on Finnair’s web site, the place they will additionally verify that their contact info is appropriate.
The strike doesn’t have an effect on flights operated by Norra, nor flights whose cabin service is offered by Finnair’s companions, equivalent to flights to Singapore and India, or flights operated by different airways’ plane and crew, for instance to Barcelona and Madrid.
“We are deeply sorry for the concern and inconvenience this strike is causing our customers, and do our best to reroute our customers as soon as possible,” says Jaakko Schildt, Finnair’s chief working officer.
“It is sad that the labour union has chosen the path of an illegal strike instead of negotiations. Throughout the autumn we have discussed savings possibilities with the unions, but unfortunately, we have not been able to achieve a result with cabin crew. We still hope to find solutions together,” says Schildt.
During the autumn, Finnair has negotiated with all of its worker teams on financial savings wanted to revive Finnair’s profitability. Finnair made appreciable losses and have become indebted in the course of the covid-19 pandemic, and the closure of Russian airspace considerably impacts Finnair’s capacity to generate revenue.
The major objective has been to seek out cost-reducing options along with Finnair workers. For cabin crew, Finnair proposed modifications for instance to crew utilisation effectivity, layover lodge guidelines and to further pay-per-hour guidelines for lengthy flights, because the closure of Russian airspace has made the flight instances to Asia significantly longer. As no settlement was discovered with cabin crew, Finnair should have a look at different measures. Last week, Finnair introduced it begins change negotiations on plans to extend subcontracting of cabin service on long-haul routes.
Finnair’s visitors will return to regular on Monday afternoon, however the strike should affect particular person flights after Monday. Return flights for long-haul flights cancelled on Sunday and Monday won’t be flown, and there could also be delays and cancellations on particular person flights.