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SAS strike affects Tuesday flights

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16:45 CEST+02:00
Scandinavian Airlines System cancelled most of its flights to, from and within Sweden on Tuesday for the fifth straight day after talks to end a cabin crew strike failed again to reach a conclusion.

"All of Scandinavian Airlines Sweden's flights remain cancelled due to the strike by the Swedish Salaried Employees' Union" which represents the cabin crew, the company said in a statement.

A total of 286 flights were cancelled, affecting around 20,000 passengers, SAS Sweden spokeswoman Ulrika Fager told AFP, taking the total number of cancellations since Friday to 1,200 and the number of passengers hit to 90,000.

As on previous days, all direct flights to and from the United States and Asia would operate as scheduled, as well as direct flights to London City and those operated by the Danish and Norwegian sections of SAS, according to a statement issued on Monday.

Some 800 crew members walked off the job Friday after negotiators failed to reach an agreement over terms and conditions linked to SAS' offer of a 10.2 percent pay rise over three years.

Most of the carrier's flights have been cancelled on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Passengers who hold tickets with SAS Sweden for travel between Monday and June 3rd are entitled to change their travel dates and those due to travel between Monday and May 30th can have their tickets reimbursed.

According to SAS, talks were still ongoing on Monday.

"Negotiations are now continuing in cooperation with mediators, and we are making every effort to reach an agreement," SAS Sweden president Anders Ehrling said in a statement.

SAS Sweden serves 37 destinations in Europe and the parent group SAS is the fourth largest airline in Europe in numbers of passengers, Fager said.

SAS reported a loss in the first quarter of the year, and each day of strike action is estimated to cost the company more than 20 million kronor ($2.92 million) not including passenger compensation.

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