Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) plans to cancel about 4,000 flights this summer, citing staff shortages and delayed aircraft deliveries, the Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri (DI) reported today.
The shortage of staff is a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, as nearly 5,000 employees were laid off due to reduced demand for domestic and international flights, the DI points out.
SAS Communications Director Karin Niemann stressed that flights would be rescheduled on the same day to avoid trapped passengers.
The news of SAS flight cancellations this summer came less than three months after the Scandinavian airline announced it was facing financial problems.
According to a financial report published at the end of February, the company recorded losses of 2.6 billion Swedish kronor (approximately 246 million euros) during the period from November 2021 to January 2022. Compared to the corresponding period in 2019 – before the Covid-19 pandemic broke out – revenue was down 42%.
As a result, SAS announced that it would seek to “aggressively reduce costs” by SEK 7.5 billion a year, with adjustments to its fleet and product offerings, among other measures.