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Finnair warns of strikes in December

Pilots at the flag carrier’s subsidiary Norra say they may strike, but Finnair has leased a plane from DAT just in case.

Finnair says it has prepared itself for possible sudden changes to regional and domestic flights due to industrial action by pilots at Nordic Regional Airlines, otherwise known as Norra.

Headquartered at Helsinki Airport, Norra operates many of Finnair’s domestic and regional flights. It is 40% owned by Finnair and, since August, 60% by Danish Air Transport.

Finnair says that Norra’s pilots’ union FAPA ry has informed it about industrial action during December regarding standby work for its pilots.

Due to the possible strikes, the Finnish flag carrier warns that flight cancellations are possible in its domestic and regional network during the month.

ATR from DAT
To minimise any impact on passengers, Finnair has leased an ATR aircraft with pilots and cabin crew from Danish Air Transport, to be used for flights that might otherwise be cancelled.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this situation may cause to our customers,” says Jaakko Schildt, chief operating officer at Finnair. “We will do our best to ensure that our customers get to their destinations smoothly.”

Finnair says it will communicate about cancellations and changes directly with passengers affected via SMS or email. If a flight is cancelled, it will re-route customers to their destinations.

The airline adds that customers can also choose to change the travel date within two days either side of the original date or apply for full refund.

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