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Industrial Strike to Impact Finnair Flights – What You Need to Know

In a significant development for air travelers, several trade unions in Finland have declared a 48-hour industrial strike set to take place from February 1 to February 2, 2024. This political move could extensively disrupt air transport. Finnair foresees considerable impact on their flight operations during these dates.

Ready For Industrial Strike Disruption

Finnair, Finland’s flagship airline, is evaluating the full ramifications of the strike on its flights. With an estimated 60,000 customers with travel plans around the strike days, the airline anticipates numerous flight cancellations.

As of now, Finnair has maintained its flight schedule for February 1 and 2. However, it has launched a flexible rebooking policy for affected customers. If you have a reservation between January 31 and February 3, you can reschedule your Finnair flight to a date not impacted by the strike, with the latest alternative travel date being March 15, 2024.

How Finnair Will Manage Strike Disruptions

Finnair is accommodating its patrons in several ways through this industrial action:

  • Change of Flight: Travelers can change to another Finnair flight that does not coincide with the strike dates.
  • Manage Booking: For tickets that permit amendments, travelers can easily make modifications through the “Manage Booking” section on Finnair’s website.
  • Customer Care: If your ticket restricts changes or was booked through a travel agency, you can change travel dates by contacting the agency or Finnair’s Customer Care directly.

Finnair is committed to keeping its passengers informed and reducing the inconveniences caused by the strike. Passengers are encouraged to stay updated with the latest information and take action to adjust their travel plans accordingly.

Finnair Anticipates Flight Cancellations

As the strike unfolds, Finnair expects to cancel some flights. The airline will share detailed cancellation information with all affected passengers who haven’t already rescheduled their trips. Travelers should verify their contact details through Finnair’s “Manage Booking” portal on their website. If a passenger hasn’t modified their travel date and their flight is canceled, Finnair will arrange an alternative flight route to their destination.

“It is clear that the strike will cause flight cancellations, and we hope that as many customers as possible will find a suitable replacement flight well in advance and thus can avoid uncertainty in their travel plans,” says Jari Paajanen, Vice President of Operations Control at Finnair. “We also ask customers to be patient, as our customer service may become congested due to the situation.”

Finnair will re-route customers to flights before or after the strike. The airline will notify customers directly of any changes to their flights.

Other Air Travel Services Disrupted

Passengers traveling during the strike period should anticipate potential disruptions in airport services, including ground assistance, baggage handling, and in-flight catering. The strike’s impact may extend to traffic on subsequent days since Finnair operates round-trip flights exclusively. Cancellations may cause delays to scheduled returns on the days following the strike.

“We are very sorry that political industrial action unrelated to Finnair is disrupting our customers’ business and leisure travel plans. There are also many foreign tourists in Finland, and the situation inevitably affects the image they have of Finland,” Paajanen says.

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