Scandinavian Airlines and pilots union reach agreement to end strike

President and CEO of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Rickard Gustafson speaks to media during a press conference at the company’s headquarters in Frosundavik, Stockholm, on May 2, 2019. After a seven-day pilot strike in Sweden, Denmark and Norway SAS and the pilot unions representatives have reached an agreement. (Fredrik Persson/AFP/Getty Images)
The 7-day pilot strike at SAS Airlines has ended after late night talks saw the company and unions in Denmark, Norway and Sweden reach agreements on Thursday.

The strike disrupted travel for hundreds of thousands of passengers both in and outside of Sweden. SAS says “customers soon will be flying again” but warned travelers to expect delays in the coming days.

The 3-year agreement contains a 3.5 percent salary increase for pilots as well as flexibility on scheduling.

Pilots from Denmark, Sweden and Norway walked out on April 26, after talks broke down with the airline. It’s estimated the strike cost SAS about SEK 60 to 80 million a day.

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Liv Lewitschnik, Radio Sweden

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