Finnair Forced To Cancel Flights Due To Planned Strike

Finnair has been forced to cancel flights due to a planned strike, despite not being directly involved. The air carrier has said strikes planned by the Finnish Aviation Labour Union would affect its ability to provide normal operations. As a result, it has posted a travel update for flight cancelations.

Finnair Forced To Cancel Flights Due To Planned Strike
Finnair has been forced to cancel flights amid a support strike. Photo: Valentin Hintikka via Flickr

The domino-effect strike

A strike carried out by the Finnish Aviation Labour Union will kickstart tomorrow. It will see employees from the division join in solidarity with the Finnish postal service. Workers at Posti instigated the dispute over labor conditions.

The strike was announced on 18th November but, at the time, Finnair couldn’t be sure of the impact the action would have. Since it is not directly involved in the strikes but those that help it are, the airline had expected some knock-on effect.  A spokeswoman for Finnair told Reuters:

“It would have major impacts on air traffic…”

But exactly how much was not clear. However, it appears the strike has substantially affected Finnair’s operations and, as a result, the airline has canceled numerous flights.

Finnair Forced To Cancel Flights Due To Planned Strike
The strike has substantially affected Finnair’s operations. Photo: Tom Boon / Simple Flying

Canceled flight details

Whilst the industrial action will take place on Monday 25th November, the airline has been pressured into two days worth of cancelations.

Today (24th November) the airline will cancel the following services:

  • Helsinki – Hong Kong (AY101)
  • Helsinki – Beijing Daxing (AY81)
  • Helsinki – Kuopio (AY379)
  • Helsinki – Kajaani (AY419)
  • Helsinki – Joensuu (AY349)
  • Helsinki – Jyväskylä (AY289)
  • Helsinki – Tampere (AY269)
  • Helsinki – Kuopio (AY375)

On Monday 25th, the airline is set to cancel 18 flights. They are the following:

  • Hong Kong – Helsinki (AY102)
  • Beijing Daxing – Helsinki (AY82)
  • Kuopio – Helsinki (AY380)
  • Kajaani – Helsinki (AY420)
  • Joensuu – Helsinki (AY350)
  • Jyväskylä – Helsinki (AY290)
  • Tampere – Helsinki (AY270)
  • Kuopio – Helsinki (AY376)
  • Kokkola – Helsinki (AY400)
  • Vaasa – Helsinki (AY322)
  • Turku – Helsinki (AY230)
  • Tartu – Helsinki (AY1046)
  • Moscow – Helsinki (AY720)
  • St Petersburg – Helsinki (AY704)
  • Stockholm – Helsinki (AY826)
  • Tallinn – Helsinki (AY1036)
  • Helsinki – Bangkok (AY145)
  • Bangkok – Helsinki (AY146).

The cancelations will mainly affect those traveling within Finland and Europe however the disruption also includes some services to and from China.

Why so many cancelations?

In response to why the strikes were particularly affecting Finnair when no airline staff is involved, Finnair expressed the following in a statement:

“The support strike would affect many of our critical operations including ground handling and customer service at Helsinki Airport, as well as our catering and technical operations. Finnair is not a party in the dispute in question.”

However, there is more bad news for customers traveling today and Monday. The airline says that it might need to cancel more flights on Monday depending on the outcome of today’s strike.

Finnair Forced To Cancel Flights Due To Planned Strike
Passenger and airline alike will be hoping that no more flights are canceled. Photo: Tom Boon / Simple Flying

Undoubtedly the flight cancelations come at a cost and will represent a significant blow to Finnair’s profits. Finnair prides itself on being the quickest way for passengers to travel from Europe to Asia and with the Beijing route affected it will lose out.

However, the airline expects to be able to return to normal service after Monday and it’s likely that the brunt of the cancelations has already been made. As always, passengers are urged to carefully and consistently check their flight details and monitor Finnair’s updates page for new announcements.

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