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Finnish ATC Strike

Tue Feb 02, 1999 4:11 am

NEWS FLASH -

From the Finnair website - (http://www.finnair.com/news/1999/pr990201.htm)

Strike action by traffic control staff employed by the Finnish Civil Aviation Administration has started at 04.00 GMT on the morning of Monday, February 1. Finnair hopes to maintain all intercontinental and charter flights and over 80 per cent of European scheduled flights. However, some alterations to timetables may be necessary.

The Civil Aviation Administration has announced that it will concentrate most of its available resources on the maintenance of air traffic to and from Helsinki-Vantaa international airport. The airport will consequently be kept open between the hours of 06.00 and 24.00 daily.

The Finnish Civil Aviation Authority number + 358 600 8100 answers queries on flight schedules. Finnair passengers are welcome to call Finnair's 24-hour phone service tel. + 358 9 818 500 or + 358 800 3466 for more information and reservation enquiries. Also the travel agency from which the reservation has been made will be able to assist in the matter of altered travel arrangements and the change and return of purchased tickets. An automatical form for next operated flights is available in the internet at address www.finnair.com/strike.

The Finnair ticket offices are open in the Helsinki-Vantaa domestic terminal from 05.15 am to 07.30 pm. The international terminal ticket offices are open from 06.00am to 11.15pm.

Tickets which can not be used because of the strike may be used for travel after the strike or exchanged for a refund.

During the strike, seven jet-aircraft flights a day will be maintained between Helsinki and Oulu as well as all six daily flights between Helsinki and Rovaniemi. As a rule, flights to other airports in Finland will not be operated.

As for international traffic, strike action prevents the operation of three of over ten daily Finnair scheduled flights between Helsinki and Stockholm, as well as all flights between Finnish provincial cities and the Swedish capital. The strike also leads to the cancellation of two daily non-stop flights to Berlin, some flights to Budapest and Prague and one to Vienna. Finnair will also cancel its flights to Tallinn, although its partner airline, Estonian Air, will continue to fly four times a day between Helsinki and the Estonian capital.

Finnair apologises for any inconvenience caused to passengers.

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Kai | [email protected]

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