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SAS tickets still selling amid passenger concern

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SAS tickets still selling amid passenger concern
17:24 CET+01:00
Despite a flurry of worried phone calls from travellers, ticket sales for Scandinavian airline SAS continued to sell on Tuesday as many passengers ignored the airline’s current financial turbulence.

Travel agency Ticket announced on Tuesday that it had seen little difference in sales despite the savings plan launched by SAS on Monday.

“There have been no mass cancellations or a stop in sales. People are doubtful, but we’re still selling SAS tickets,” explained Martin Durnik of Ticket to the TT news agency.

However, the travel agency admitted that it had received a number of calls from concerned passengers who were fretting about the airline’s potential bankruptcy.

“There’s no general rule, it depends on what kind of ticket you’ve booked and how you’ve booked it. If it’s a packaged deal, you’re more protected,” he said.

“No one is saying that SAS is not going to continue flying,” he added.

After rumours of bankruptcy circulating for weeks, SAS announced on Monday that the company planned to slash 3 billion kronor ($445 million) in costs through salary reductions and other measures which include shedding nearly 6,000 jobs through divestments and staff cuts.

SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson dubbed the plan SAS's "final call" in avoiding bankruptcy.

Gustafson was in Copenhagen on Tuesday to discuss the company’s crisis plan; however Danish cabin staff chose to boycott the meeting.

The Danish staff members are expecting some 400 of the predicted job cuts to be solely in Denmark, stating that the company’s handling of the problems clashes with the Danish model.

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