Over the next few days, Apollo will have a total of 25,000 passengers in the North who may be affected by the strike. Half are travelers who do not know if they will depart and half are people who may not be returning home from their destinations as intended.
– We’re looking at all possibilities. Is it possible by bus? Is it possible by boat and bus? Is it possible to get to other airports? Flight capacity is very hard to come by and there are few hopes, thanks to our skilled flight director. We’re not leaving anyone behind at the destination, says Sandra Miller King, director of communications for Apollo.
But also buses There’s shortage. It’s also hard to get hotel rooms for stranded travelers because so many are already booked out.
She says Apollo is in constant contact with SAS to inform her.
– And to emphasize the seriousness of the situation, we sent a letter to the parties in the morning. We think that’s enough now, they should take their responsibility. She says that this can affect people’s health, and it is very unfortunate that internal conflict can have serious consequences.
In the letter, which was sent to the management of the SAS group and various pilot unions and signed by Apollo CEO Leif Vase Larsen, the charter organizer wrote that the conflict was about to have “serious consequences”.
Apollo already has hundreds of guests stranded at its destinations. At the end of this week, the percentage will likely increase significantly. According to Sandra Miller King, many of the guests are families with children and the elderly.
– They are in heat and don’t have the same hotel solution, people whose medicines can run out and need to go home for treatment and doctor visits. There is a heat wave in many places. Airports are often small and lack sufficient seating. She says we are very worried about the situation.
And charter company Ving doesn’t know how many passengers will be affected. The company has 1,800 passengers, most of them on charter planes, who have booked weekly flights on SAS planes.
Wing also now Extensive work to find alternative home flights.
I would like to stress that we will not leave guests stranded at destinations, but we will make sure that they return home. However, it may take some time, and you can stay a few extra days, says Director of Communications Claes Belvik.
This isn’t the first time SAS pilots have gone on strike. But according to Claes Belvik, this blow will come at a very weak time.
Previous SAS strikes were usually in the spring or early summer, so it’s a simpler case. July is an unfortunate time. We’re in the middle of high season, it’s the biggest travel month of the year, and it’s been well booked before, he says.
Both Apollo and Ving pay hotels for those who don’t return home and fully compensate travelers whose flights have been cancelled.
TT: Will you ask for money from SAS for the cancellation?
In this case, the focus is on taking care of the guests and making sure they don’t run out of money. Claes Pellvik says: How we solve our dealings with SAS is something we’ll take up with them next.
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