SAS cancels 1,700 departures this Autumn 

SAS airlinesPhoto: Annika Byrde / NTB
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SAS is canceling around 1,700 departures this Autumn due to a backlog from the summer’s strikes and delayed aircraft deliveries.

According to the industry website check-in.dk, departures in September and October are being canceled. The Oslo-Athens route is among those being canceled.

The canceled departures make up around 4% of a total of 39,000 flights, SAS Norway press manager Tonje Sund told NTB.

“The passengers have already been rebooked and informed in the June 26 to August 14 period,” she said.

Backlog after the strike

These changes are due to several factors, Sund explained.

“Among other things, low staffing due to the holiday backlog after the strike and delayed aircraft deliveries, which comes at the top of a challenging time for the entire airline industry which has to get back on its feet after the pandemic,” she further explained.

“Lack of personnel”

Around 300 of the canceled flights are from Copenhagen Airport Kastrup. SAS’s Danish press manager, Alexandra Lindgren Kaoukji, also mentioned a lack of available personnel as one of the reasons for the cancelations.

“We do not see a reduced demand, on the contrary. But in terms of personnel, the strike has had an impact on our staffing in the coming months due to the holiday backlog,” she told check-in.dk.

Delayed aircraft deliveries to the subsidiary SAS Link have also led to cancelations.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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