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I learned through Loyalty Lobby, and further explored the topic at the Finnair website – that there is a strike planned for March 10th (and possibly March 14th and 17th) at Helsinki Airport resulting in numerous flight cancellations.
As explained on the Finnair website:
Strike and support actions are planned for Friday, March 10 from 3 pm – 7 pm EET at Helsinki Airport, related to the dispute between the Finnish Aviation Union and the service sector employer union Palta about labour agreements in Airpro Oy. The strike will considerably impact Finnair’s flights on Friday, as during the strike, critical ground services are not available or are very limited. Finnair is not a party to the labour dispute.
The flights that are impacted and canceled by the anticipated strike are listed on the Finnair website, as well as instructions for changing travel date or requesting refunds.
Finnair also advises its passengers that meal services and baggage handling may be affected by the strike.
Finnair’s on-board meal and drink service will also be limited during the strike; only water and juice can be served on domestic and Europe flights. The delivery of pre-order meals and other products will also be significantly restricted.
Finnair recommends customers to travel only with hand luggage on Friday March 10, if possible, as also baggage handling will be disturbed. Normal weight and size limitations of hand luggage must be followed.
I know your next question is Kathy, why do you care? The answer is that I’m flying to Helsinki tonight and arriving tomorrow, March 10th the date of the strike. However, since my flight is scheduled to arrive in the morning, and the strike is scheduled to commence in the afternoon, I should be okay. Should being the operative word . . .
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