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SAS, Union Officials Meet in Effort to End Cabin Crew Strike

AP
Monday, 28 May 2007 | 5:18 AM ET

Scandinavian Airlines officials met with union representatives Monday in a bid to end a cabin crew strike that has grounded hundreds of flights to and from Sweden since last week.

The three-nation carrier's Swedish cabin crews went on strike on Friday after wage negotiations broke down, one month after a similar stoppage by Danish crews.

The airline, also known as SAS, said the latest strike cost some 20 million kronor ($3 million) a day in lost ticket sales.

More than 275 flights were canceled Monday, affecting some 20,000 passengers, as SAS officials met representatives from the Swedish Salaried Employees' Union in an effort to end the dispute.

SAS spokeswoman Ulrika Fager said the two sides would also meet separately with mediators on Monday.

The Swedish unit of SAS has 2,500 staff and flies 6 million passengers a year to more than 50 domestic and international destinations.

SAS is the joint flag carrier of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Flights operated by Norwegian or Danish cabin crews were not affected by the strike.

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