SAS staff face redundancy

Some 230 staff at the Swedish subsidiary of Scandinavian airline SAS will be given redundancy notices on Friday, mainly as a result the company's decision to stop flying its accident-hit Dash Q-400 plane fleet.

Of those facing redundancy, “the number of cabin crew will be double the number of pilots,” said SAS Sverige spokesman Mikael Lindberg.

“The main reason is that we are no longer flying the Dash Q400 plane model, but we have also had excess numbers for a long period,” he said.

The airline’s decision to axe its Dash Q-400 fleet has led to 27 planes being grounded. The airline said it was not certain that all those issued with notices would lose their jobs.

“We will now try to find all possible solutions to avoid redundancies,” Lindberg said.

The redundancies are not linked to SAS’s recent cost-cutting plan, said Lindberg.

Representatives of the Cabin Crew Union at SAS say 150 members have been issued with redundancy notices.

“The redundancy notices are hitting hard and many people are now worried,” said Pelle Gustafsson Cabin Crew Union.

SAS has been dredging the market over the past month to find replacements for the grounded Dash fleet. In many cases the company has been forced to charter planes and crew from other airlines.