Norwegian has confirmed that all domestic flights will be cancelled today (March 5) after a pilots’ strike at its subsidiary Norwegian Air Norway.
In Sweden and Denmark, the strike will affect some of the domestic flights, while most of the flights between the Scandinavian capitals will be cancelled.
The flights between Scandinavia and USA, and Scandinavia and Thailand will not be affected.
Around 35,000 passengers are expected to be hit by the long-running dispute over pay and benefits. Pilots are demanding a collective labour agreement with parent company Norwegian Air Shuttle, instead of its local subsidiary Norwegian Air Norway, and for the same terms across the Nordic region. They went on strike after talks broke down on Saturday (February 28).
"2015 got off to a good start until the pilot strike hit us, which has influenced our traffic figures. The situation is deeply regrettable," CEO Bjoern Kjos said.
Around 650 pilots are on strike grounding many flights over the past week.
Norwegian said passengers who have registered their mobile phone numbers on their Norwegian profiles, and who are affected by the strike, will be notified via SMS from Norwegian.
“We urge all passengers to keep themselves updated via Norwegian’s website and check the flight status for information on specific routes,” the airline said.