SAS cancels 76 holiday charter flights this weekend due to pilot strike
SAS cannot operate 61 charter flights from Denmark, Norway and Sweden for travel agency Apollo Rejser this weekend. Despite the pilots’ pledge to bring stranded passengers home, 15 charter flights to Scandinavia are also cancelled.
Nevertheless, Apollo Rejser will be able to bring home up to 10,000 Scandinavian travelers from Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia and Turkey over the weekend, due to the fact that striking SAS pilots, following pressure from their employer, agreed to transport potentially stranded passengers. return to Scandinavia, provided that no new customers are sent back and that the lockout against participating pilots is lifted.
Thus, during the weekend, 26 flights to 11 Norwegian airports, 14 flights to Stockholm and Gothenburg and 6 flights to Copenhagen can be made.
On the other hand, there are up to 2,500 Apollo Rejser customers who will not be able to return to Scandinavia after their vacation because their flight has been cancelled. This is a total of eight flights to Copenhagen from Chania, Gazipasa-Alanya, Karpathos, Larnaca, Lesvos, Samos and Santorini as well as a single flight to Aalborg from Chania. To Gothenburg, SAS has canceled two flights from Chania and Santorini, while passengers on two charter flights from Corfu and Samos to Oslo and from Chania and Split to Trondheim must also forget their flights.
Many people cannot go on vacation
Although it manages to handle the vast majority of passengers returning to Scandinavia on Saturday and Sunday, there is great frustration at Apollo Rejser that over 10,000 passengers have had to give up coming on summer vacation as planned, making a total of 61 charter flights with SAS from Scandinavia were canceled this weekend.
There are 30 flights from 11 airports in Norway, Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Haugesund, Bergen, Aalesund, Molde, Trondheim, Bodø, Evenes and Tromsø, respectively. From Sweden, nine flights are canceled from Stockholm-Arlanda and seven from Gothenburg, while from Denmark, 14 Apollo flights are canceled from Copenhagen and one from Aalborg.
Apollo Rejser urges SAS management and the pilot unions to find an immediate solution to their conflict.
Earlier this year, SAS and Apollo signed an agreement on charter flights for the summer of 2022 worth around one billion Swedish crowns. Flights were planned for 150,000 passengers from more than 20 airports in Scandinavia to more than 30 destinations in the Mediterranean.