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Scandinavian Airlines resumes negations with pilot unions, a week after strike action grounded thousands of flights

Scandinavian Airlines has reportedly resumed its negotiations with pilot unions.

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  • Scandinavian Airlines has resumed its negotiations with pilot unions, per Bloomberg.
  • 1,000 pilots originally voted to strike last Tuesday, leading to thousands of flights being canceled.
  • SAS also announced last week that it had filed for bankruptcy in the US.

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has reportedly resumed negotiations with pilot unions, a week after strike action grounded thousands of flights.

Bloomberg first reported the news.

Around 1,000 pilots walked out last Monday after negotiations with the airline over pay and working conditions, which had been ongoing since June 9, broke down.

SAS did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The ten-day strike has affected about half of the airline’s total flights and around 30,000 travelers a day, SAS said in a statement posted on its website.

The airline canceled 242 flights on Wednesday, 74% of its total schedule according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.

SAS’ CEO, Anko van der Werff, previously labeled the walkout as “devastating for SAS” and called the strike “reckless behavior.”

On Monday, SAS wrote in a statement on its website: “SAS recognizes that continued mediation will require concessions from both parties and the company is willing to take its responsibility in that process.”

It added: “SAS wishes to end this strike.”

The widespread pilot strike is estimated to be costing the company up to $9 million a day in refunds and lost sales, per Bloomberg.

The company announced via a statement on July 5 that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, dealing a further blow to the airline’s global operations.

The company said ita flight schedule would be unaffected by the Chapter 11 filing but that “the strike by SAS Scandinavia pilots’ unions will impact the flight schedule.”

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