Finnair cancels flights from Helsinki due to staff strike

Finnair has been forced to cancel around 100 flights from Helsinki following an “illegal” staff strike.

The Finnish transport union AKT has announced that a strike by Finnair crew in Helsinki will take place between 15:00 EST on November 20 and 03:00 on 21 November. in the evening, according to a statement released by Finnair on November 20, 2022.

As Finnair reroutes passengers affected by the strike, Jaaka Schildt, Finnair’s chief operating officer, said it was “sad that the union chose the path of an illegal strike instead of negotiations.”

“Throughout the autumn, we discussed the possibilities of savings with the trade unions, but, unfortunately, we could not achieve a result with the cabin crew. We still hope to find solutions together,” Schildt added.

Before the strike, Finnair was in talks with all its employee groups about the savings needed to restore Finnair’s profitability after suffering “significant losses and borrowing during the COVID-19 pandemic”, the airline said.

The closure of Russian airspace has also had a significant impact on Finnair’s ability to make a profit, the airline explained.

“The main goal was to find cost-cutting solutions together with Finnair employees. For cabin crew, Finnair has proposed changes such as crew efficiency, hotel stopover rules and additional hourly payment rules for long-haul flights, as the closure of Russian airspace has significantly increased flight times to Asia,” Finnair said. to read

However, the airline said it intended to seek “alternative measures” after failing to reach an agreement with cabin crew.

Finnair also announced that it had recently begun negotiations to change plans to expand subcontracted cabin services on long-haul routes.

According to Finnair, the current strike does not affect flights operated by Norra, nor flights operated by Finnair’s partners. This includes flights to Singapore, India, Barcelona and Madrid.

According to the airline travel updateThe strike affects all Finnair flights departing from Helsinki.

This includes flights from Helsinki to London, Amsterdam, Milan, Stockholm, Rome, Munich, Zurich, Bangkok, Vienna, Berlin and Tokyo.

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