HELSINKI, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Finnish national airline Finnair is forced to cancel several flights on Sunday and Monday, due to strikes staged by air traffic employees in Finland, announced the airline on Sunday.
Five domestic flights have been cancelled on Sunday and at least ten flights including nine domestic and one international flights will be cancelled next Monday. In addition, flights are also expected to be delayed on Monday.
The cancelations and delays are the results of the labor dispute between the Finnish Aviation Labour Union (IAU) and the Association of Service Sector Employers (Palta) about the wages and benefits of employees of Airpro, which is a subsidiary of the airport operator Finavia.
Customers whose flights will not be operated can either get a refund for the ticket, or change their travel schedule until March 20 without extra charges, said Finnair.
Earlier on Friday, the unsolved labor dispute caused an walkout at the Helsinki Airport between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The strike affected airport security control and ground handling.
Negotiations between the disputing parties will continue through the weekend, and there is a chance that the strike will continue in the coming days, said local media.
According to Finavia, the next labor action will be staged from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. next Monday. Possible strikes on March 10 and 14 would include also air traffic at several other airports in Finland.