Norwegian pilots' strike heads into second week

9 Mar 2015 by GrahamSmith

A strike by Norwegian pilots has entered its second week and will again ground most of the airline's domestic operation today.

The carrier confirmed that almost 25,000 passengers will be unable to fly on Monday, due to the cancellation of a majority of its local services.

All domestic flights in Norway and Sweden are cancelled, while a "few" domestic routes in Denmark will operate. Most flights between the Scandinavian capitals are also cancelled.

However, Norwegian confirmed that the following services "should" be running:

  • Flights to/from the UK with flight numbers DY2400 to DY2900
  • Flights to/from Spain with flight numbers DY5100 to DY5598
  • Flights to/from Finland with flight numbers DY5599 to 5999
  • Flights to/from US and Thailand with flight numbers DY7001 to DY7999

Some 650 pilots are on strike in a dispute over pay. The industrial action began after talks broke down on February 28, but those on strike increased from 70 to 650 on March 4.

The pilots are striking in order to achieve a collective labour agreement with Norwegian's parent company, instead of its local subsidiaries, and for the same employment terms to be put in place across Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Graham Smith

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