Friday 30 September 2022, JW Marriott Grosvenor
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Business Travel Show Europe, presented by The BTN
A strike at Finnair is entering its third day, with a final resolution still looking distant.
The dispute, with members of the cabin crew union SLSY, is over the airline’s plan to cut rest time between long haul flights from 36 hours to 24 hours.
Finnair said yesterday it had managed to operate around 30% of its flight schedule, and plans to increase that to 35% tomorrow.
The London-Helsinki flights have continued to operate, along with flights from the Finnish capital to a number of European destinations including Stockholm, Gothenburg and Copenhagen.
From tomorrow Finnair will fly again to Milan, Rome, Hamburg and Amsterdam.
Of the airline’s long-haul routes only Helsinki-Bangkok is still running.
Anssi Komulainen, Finnair's SVP customer service, said: “The situation for our customers is still regrettable and we are sorry for all the difficulties caused by the strike.
“I would also like to thank customers for their patience. We will continually do our best to take as good care of them as possible.”
The strike action is likely to affect Finnair’s year-end results, the airline has confirmed.
Each day of strikes Finnair estimated it loses between €2m and €2.5m, which could push Finnair’s figures into deficit for the year.
In the first nine months of its financial year, Finnair made an operational profit of €2m.
Customers booked with Finnair between now and September 6 can change their flights free of charge.