A combination of ongoing strikes, the threat of strikes and lack of personnel are behind the turbulence in the aviation industry. Two years of pandemic has meant that many airport employees in Europe lost their jobs. The level of demand now means that seats on planes are being filled without there being sufficient air and ground crew to handle the increasing air traffic.
The result is an out of balance travel industry. Norwegian, Widerøe and SAS have said they will have to cancel flights this summer. More flights are now being canceled at short notice in Europe than ever before. Travelers who have booked flexible airline tickets find that they are difficult to change because alternative flights are already full.
Several airlines have also introduced changes to their fare types and baggage rules during the pandemic, making it more challenging to book flights. Norwegian has stopped selling flexible tickets on several departures, both domestic and to European destinations. The reason is that SAS has announced a pilot strike commencing 29th June. Norwegian doesn ́t want to be a backup for SAS passengers who book flexible tickets with Norwegian as a Plan B in the event of a strike, and who subsequently cancel their back-up ticket if a strike is avoided.
The situation is currently unpredictable. On Tuesday 21st June, it became clear that the planned strike for ground crew had been called off. But aircraft technicians have gone on strike and have warned of escalation.
SAS pilots can go on strike from 29th June.
We ́re here to help
G Travel is seeing an increased demand from customers who need assistance. If you are affected by a cancellation, we will contact you in our efforts to find alternative flights. If you are notified of a cancellation before you hear from us, just get in touch. We recommend e-mail, as we are currently being inundated by phone calls.
In addition, we encourage all our customers to check their flight departures and follow the news. The situation can change at short notice.
Do not hesitate to contact your local G Travel agency for further information.