Finnair averts strike but 10k grounded

Published on : Saturday, November 16, 2013

finnairThe Finnish airline, Finnair, says some 10,000 passengers have been grounded as the airline cancelled flights in anticipation of a planned strike by cabin crews and other personnel that was averted at the last minute.

Finnair spokesperson Elina Ammala said the national carrier had cancelled more than 130 flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday to prepare for an impending strike that would have “paralysed” its traffic for around two weeks.

Unions and airline representatives said the strike was called off after both sides accepted a last-minute mediation proposal by the national conciliator on Friday morning. However, they gave no details.

Struggling against high costs and tough competition from budget airlines, Finnair PLC has embarked on a savings programme of 260 million euros ($350 million), including substantial job cuts.

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