Several U.K. Finnair services cancelled this week due to ‘solidarity strike’

Nov 25, 2019

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Oneworld carrier and British Airways partner Finnair has cancelled hundreds of flights on Monday and Tuesday because of industrial action. In an unusual twist, it’s not the airline’s staff negotiating with the airline, but the workers at the Finnish postal service Posti who are trying to resolve a labor issue.

Several Finnish labor unions in other industries, including the Finnish Aviation Labour Union (IAU) whose members include Finnair ground handling and customer service at Helsinki Airport (HEL), as well as catering and technical operations, have chosen to strike, as a symbol of solidarity with the Posti union members.

The long list of Finnair flights that have been cancelled Monday can be found here. Fortunately, most U.K. services have been spared, with only the following U.K. flights cancelled on Monday:

  • AY1361 Helsinki (HEL) 8:15am Departure ⇒ Manchester (MAN) 9:15am Arrival
  • AY1362 Manchester (MAN) 10:15am Departure ⇒ Helsinki (HEL) 3:05pm Arrival
  • AY1365 Helsinki (HEL) 4:00pm Departure ⇒ Manchester (MAN) 5:00pm Arrival
  • AY1366 Manchester (MAN) 5:50pm Departure ⇒ Helsinki (HEL) 10:40pm Arrival
  • AY1371 Helsinki (HEL) 8:10am Departure ⇒ Edinburgh (EDI) 9:10am Arrival
  • AY1372 Edinburgh (EDI) 9:50am Departure ⇒ Helsinki (HEL) 2:30pm Arrival

On Tuesday, some long-haul departures inbound to Helsinki have also been cancelled as a result of the outbound flight to those destinations being cancelled on Monday. This includes services from San Francisco (SFO), Shanghai (PVG), Beijing (PEK), Bangkok (BKK) and Seoul (ICN) to Helsinki.

Because of the disruptions to catering operations at the airline, Finnair has warned that meal services will be limited. This will especially affect any special meals passengers have pre-ordered. There may also be delays in processing checked luggage, so passengers are requested to travel only with hand luggage where possible.

If you are affected by cancelled flights this week, Finnair will attempt to contact you as soon as possible to reroute you to your destination, noting that because of the limited network, this may take time. You can also choose to change the date of your travel at no cost until 1 December 2019. You can alternatively apply for a full refund of your unused ticket. Finnair recommends logging into the ‘Manage booking’ section of its website to check options.

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