An airport strike and support actions are planned for Friday, 17th of March 2017, from 3 PM – 7 PM EET (1 PM – 5 PM GMT) at Helsinki Airport (HEL), related to the dispute between the Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) and the service sector employer union Palta about labour agreements in Airpro Oy. Finnair, the flag carrier of Finland, said that the strike will considerably impact its 90 flights on Friday, although Finnair is not a party involved in the dispute.
YLE News reported that IAU rejected the latest compromise proposal put forth by the national labour conciliator on Wednesday afternoon, 15th of March 2017.
According to Finnair, the impacts might approximately the same as the previous strike which took place last Friday, 10th of March 2017.
“This is already the second time we have to cancel over 90 flights, which is nearly one third of our daily flights on Friday. Cancellations apply to a large share of our domestic and European traffic during the strike time,” says Jaakko Schildt, Finnair’s Chief Operating Officer.
In addition to the cancellations, Finnair will also make changes to the departure times of certain flights, so that they can be operated outside the strike hours.