Airlines forced to cancel more than 100 flights due to strikes – causing holiday misery for tens of thousands

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A NUMBER of airlines have been forced to cancel as many as 100 flights due to strike action.

Both Finnair and TAP Portugal passengers will be affected, which includes a number of flights from the UK.

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TAP Portugal and Finnair passengers are being affected by strike actionCredit: Reuters

Finnair has been forced to cancel around 100 flights yesterday and today after a 24-hour cabin crew walkout, according to local media – which affects tens of thousands of travellers.

Organised by the Finnish Cabin Crew Association (SLSY), part of the Finnish Transport Workers’ Union (AKT), they said the walkout was due to “poor management” and threatening staff with redundancies over new measures being introduced.

A number of these flights are to and from London, although passengers will be informed if theirs are affected.

Passengers can apply for a refund of the airline is unable to move their flights.

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A spokesperson said: “The strike will have considerable impact on Finnair operations and unfortunately, we are forced to cancel several flights.”

The airline’s chief operating officer Jaakko Schmidt also apologised adding: “We are deeply sorry for the concern and inconvenience this strike is causing our customers, and do our best to reroute the customers as soon as possible.”

“It is sad that the labour union has chosen the path of an illegal strike instead of negotiations.

“Throughout the autumn we have discussed savings possibilities with the unions, but unfortunately, we have not been able to achieve a result with cabin crew.

“We still hope to find solutions together.”

TAP Portugal flights are also being affected by strikes, with cabin crew walking out next month.

The walkout, on December 8 and December 9, is likely to affect flights although the airline is yet to confirm how many will be cancelled.

A statement said: “In light of the prior notice of strike by Cabin Staff, on December 8th and 9th, TAP informs that it will allow customers who wish to change the dates of their flights during this period to do so without any penalty between November 28th and 19th December.”

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Finnair crew are walking out until today

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Finnair crew are walking out until todayCredit: AP

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