Strike-Hit Finnair Flying More Planes

Finnair expects to fly 40 percent of regular passenger traffic in coming days as it has been seeing some cabin crew return from an ongoing strike, Finland’s flag carrier said on Thursday.

The union representing Finnair’s flight attendants began a strike over a wage deal on Tuesday, forcing the airline to cancel more than 500 flights so far.

“A gradual increase of traffic is possible because more cabin staff are reporting for work all the time,” Finnair said.

The strike also affected Blue1 airline originally, but the unit of Scandinavian carrier SAS reached a separate deal on Wednesday and expected its traffic to return to normal by Thursday afternoon.

Finnair had estimated it would lose EUR€2 million – EUR€2.5 million (USD$2.6 million – USD$3.3 million) for each day of the work stoppage and issued a profit warning on Tuesday, saying it expected a full-year operating loss.

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