Finnair strike causes travel delays
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J An ongoing cabin crew strike forced Finnair to cancel up to 160 flights on Sunday, 70 percent of its day’s operations. Finnair spokesperson Maria Mroue said up to 9,000 people, mainly those travelling on long-haul flights, were affected by the recent cancellations, Emirates 247 reported. “We are flying around 30 percent of our flights, carrying 50 percent of our passengers,” she said. The airline’s crew walked out earlier last week, accusing the carrier of tampering with the system where employees receive days off as compensation for the difficulties of long haul flights. Finnish Cabin Crew Union and the airline’s bosses commenced negotiations on Saturday. Finnair chief executive Mika Vehvilaenen told AFP last week the union was pushing for outdated policies and practices. “The negotiations are going on,” Ms Mroue said. “The mediator hasn’t made any proposal yet.” The airline predicted the strike could cause a loss of up to 2.5 million euros for every day the crew refuses to return to work. Up to 1,080 flights have been cancelled since last week, affecting up to 56,000 passengers.