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Swedish pilot union SPF choose to go on strike

Staff writer ▼ | June 11, 2016
The Swedish pilot union has called 400 members on short haul flights out on strike. Both domestic and European flights from Sweden are cancelled, affecting many thousand passengers.
Air traffic   Both domestic and European flights from Sweden are cancelled
Long-haul flights from Sweden to the U.S. will continue to proceed as planned. The strike breaks out after that the pilot association has rejected the mediators’ proposal for an agreement.

The negotiations which started already back in April has yet to reach a solution despite the fact that SAS has offered a contract on par with the agreement for the Norwegian pilots concluded.

SPF in Sweden has chosen to call 400 pilots out on strike, which causes a large number of canceled flights from and to Sweden. For the past couple of weeks, negotiations have continued with the help of mediation, but the parties have not reached an agreement.

"It is deeply regrettable that our customers are affected by this conflict. We have been responsive to the pilot association’s requirements and offered a contract in line with the Norwegian pilot agreement.

"Despite this, the pilot association chose conflict. Our top priority now is to take care of those passengers affected by the strike and help them in the best possible way," says Karin Nyman, vice president of communications, SAS.

It is the pilots on domestic flights in Sweden and European short-haul flights who have been called out on strike. SAS-flights from Arlanda to Asia and the US are not affected. Approximately 40 flights are cancelled Friday evening, affecting 4000 passengers.