SAS strike ends – delays continue

An illegal strike by Scandinavian Airlines' Danish cabin crew has ended, after three days of conflict.

The SAS workers, who had been protesting about new collective agreements, were lured back to work with the promise of discussions, after a three day walkout. Staff concerns centred around the level of staffing on SAS planes.

Despite the strike’s cancellation there was expected to be severe disruption for passengers on Friday, with 28 flights cancelled and 30-40 delayed.

“You cant just turn everything round straight away,” said SAS Denmark spokesman Jens Langergaard.

“Many of our aircraft and staff are quite simply in the wrong place,” he said.

Swedes were affect by the strike. Copenhagen Airport serves southern Sweden, and many tickets booked from Swedish airports involve changes in the Danish capital. Passengers who have booked tickets with SAS via Copenhagen for Friday are being encouraged to keep updated via SAS Denmark’s homepage,

Gothenburg Landvetter Airport said its Copenhagen service would be back to normal by 9am on Friday.

The strike had started on Tuesday, and resulted in 713 cancelled flights. Analysts say the cost to SAS is likely to be over 100 million kronor ($15 million), but the airline itself and many observers say that the real damage is likely to be to its reputation.

“We now have to work as hard as we can to regain lost trust,” said Langergaard.