Norwegian hires new crews as strike continues

Lithuanian charter carrier Small Planet Airlines flies to help
Norwegian has asked the Lithuanian charter carrier Small Planet Airlines to operate some of its flights in Europe as around 700 of its pilots went on strike. But many flights from cities including Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo remain cancelled, The Local reports.
At 7.30am on Thursday, Norwegian’s website said that more than 20 flights from Stockholm Arlanda had been axed, while others face long delays. Most domestic services in Sweden are still grounded including all of the airline’s flights to and from Malmö and Stockholm.
Small Planet Airlines appears to be handling flights from the Swedish capital to other European destinations such as Paris. All services out of Norway remained grounded. Norwegian says it expects European services outside Scandinavia and long-haul flights will continue to run as normal.
Last night, Norwegian’s chief executive Bjørn Kjos warned that if the strike goes on for several weeks it would put the company’s survival at risk.
“We’ll probably survive next week too,” he said. “But it will hammer the company and it will put it back and maybe lead to some routes being shelved.”
The Local
[image courtesy Small Planet Airlines]