SAS forced to cancel departures due to high sickness absence related to COVID-19

Værnes airport - SASPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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SAS has canceled around 60 flights on Tuesday and Wednesday due to high levels of sickness absence associated with COVID-19.

According to the airline’s website, departures to and from cities such as Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, London, and New York are among those affected.

DR reports that departures have been canceled due to high levels of sickness absence among staff related to COVID-19, isolation, and quarantine. Around 20 departures from Norway, Denmark, and Sweden were canceled on Tuesday, while 40 were canceled on Wednesday.

It also looks like more departures will be canceled on Thursday.

“Very unfortunate”

Press manager John Eckhoff at SAS regrets that the canceled departures will probably lead to some people having problems getting home for Christmas.

“It is very unfortunate, and we really regret it. But we are, like the rest of society, affected by the coronavirus,” he told SVT.

People who have booked a ticket on canceled departures will be contacted by email or SMS, according to Eckhoff.

“In the first instance, we try to find an alternative (for them) and rebook the trip, either with SAS or with another airline. If we do not succeed, we will reimburse the costs,” he explained.

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

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