The solidarity strikes by several trade unions in Finland went ahead today and affects the number of flights that can operate at Helsinki – Vantaa airport.
Finnair made some preliminary cancellations for Sunday and Monday that we wrote about yesterday (read more here). The airline has now canned roughly 70% of the flights scheduled for the day with ripple effect on Tuesday. Other airlines operating to/from Helsinki will see their flight scheduled trimmed as well.
You can access Finnair’s page for travel updates here.
Here is a list of Finnair flights canceled on Monday. There can be additional flights cancellations/delays:
Here’s the announcement from Finnair:
The Finnish Aviation Labour Union (IAU) has informed about a support strike related to the labour dispute at Posti, Finnish postal service, for Monday 25 November. The support strike will affect many of our critical operations including ground handling and customer service at Helsinki Airport, as well as our catering and technical operations. Finnair is not a party in the dispute in question.
Due to the support strike, we are forced to cancel majority of our flights on Monday 25 November. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and harm this causes you.
If you have a booking on any of the disrupted flights, we’ll contact you personally via SMS and/or e-mail. Please go to Manage booking on our website or Finnair App and check that we have your current contact information, so that we can reach you in a case of disruption.
Your options, if your flight is cancelled
- We do our best to re-route you to your destination as soon as possible. As availability of alternative flights is limited, re-routing may be difficult and take time. Thank you for your patience! After we’ve re-routed your journey, you can find your updated travel plan via Manage booking. If you wish to make changes to your re-routing, we kindly ask you to contact Finnair Customer Service or your travel agency.
- You can change your travel date and choose to travel between 26 November and 1 December on flights operated by Finnair or Norra, if there is availability in your original travel class. You can change your reservation by contacting Finnair Customer Service or your travel agency.
- If changing flight date or re-routing is not suitable for your travel plan, you can also apply for full refund for your unused flight ticket.
Limited services on flights to be operated
Please note that on those flights that will be operated on Monday 25 November, the meal service will be limited and it is uncertain that we could deliver your pre-orders to the flights. It is a good idea to take your own snacks with you. If you didn’t receive your pre-ordered meals or products, you can apply for a refund online.
As our baggage handling services will be disrupted during the support strike, there may be delays in baggage deliveries. We recommend you to pack all the essentials in your carry-on baggage and consider travelling with carry-on baggage only.
For further information, you can call our customer service or your travel agency. We are at your service also on Twitter @FinnairHelps, in our Facebook pages and via chat on finnair.com. We are sorry that our customer service may be congested.
You can check your passenger rights on our website.
Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, among others, have canceled some if not all of their Helsinki flights scheduled for Monday. Norwegian hasn’t any, but this strike action should affect their schedule too.
Finnair flights from outstations that are scheduled to operate on Tuesday will be affected as many of the incoming flights aren’t running.
Passengers should check their itineraries as airlines are required to rebook affected passengers, whose destination is not in Finland, via alternate routes. They are also required to provide duty to care (accommodation, meals, and phone cards) to passengers with long delays.