SAS back in business with better pay
SAS and their pilots reached an agreement. Frequent travelers in Northern Europe are are pleased to see the seven days walk out ended.
The seven-day walkout saw more than two out of every three departures canceled. More than 4,000 flights didn’t operate stranding 350,000 passengers. Disruption included all long-haul services and many high-trafficked routes between major Scandinavian hubs.
However, some disruption is to be expected during Friday as aircraft and crew are relocated across the region.
Late on Thursday evening, SAS confirmed the end of the strike at a press conference after almost two days of intensive meditation.
The agreement gives pilots a salary increase of 3.5 percent in 2019, 3 percent in 2020 and 4 percent in 2021. SAS chief executive Rickard Gustafson also explained that concessions were made on shift predictability and flexibility.
Pilots had originally demanded a salary hike of 13 per cent to become competitive with other airlines.
The lost revenues will cost SAS more than $50 million. The airline made a profit in 2018 after several difficult years, having barely avoided bankruptcy in 2012.