There seems to be a strike season going on in Europe considering the BA strikes over the past few months and the French ATC strikes that continue this week.
There is also a strike in Helsinki affecting ground services that may lead to some flight cancellations and certainly reduced services on certain flights. Finnair also suggests that passengers should only travel with carry-on luggage.
You can access Finnair’s page for strike announcement here that you can find below:
The strike and support actions planned for Friday, March 10 at 3 pm – 7 pm at Helsinki Airport and related to the dispute on labour agreements in Airpro Oy between the Finnish Aviation Union and the service sector employer union Palta will considerably impact Finnair’s flights. Finnair is in no way party to the dispute. During the strike, critical ground services are not available or they are very limited.
Due to the strike, Finnair will be forced to cancel several flights from Friday. Finnair will inform customers about cancelled flights on these pages and directly with text messages or by email, as soon as the decisions have been made. We ask you to kindly check from Manage booking that we have your current contact information, so that the messages can reach you.
Customers, who have a reservation for a Finnair flight on Friday March 10 or to one of the other possible strike days (14 March and 17 March), can change their travel date until April 2 to avoid travelling on the dates when the strike can affect Finnair’s flights.
THE STRIKE AFFECTS ALSO CATERING SERVICES AND BAGGAGE HANDLING
Finnair’s on-board meal and drink service will also be limited during the strike. Only water 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.
Longer waiting times are unfortunately expected in Finnair’s customer service, and we ask for customers’ patience. Customers can contact Finnair via the Chat service on Finnair’s internet pages, by phone or in social media by sending a message to @finnairhelps on Twitter or a private message on Finnair’s Facebook pages.
Remember that, although strike is considered force majeure, the duty to care per EC 261/2004 does apply. Finnair is required to rebook the affected passengers to their final destinations at earliest opportunity and provide accommodation and food vouchers in case of long delays/cancellations.
I guess that Finnair could have catered these European flights from outstations and thus being able to serve more than water on these short/medium haul flights.