SAS: strike over - problems remain

After more than two weeks of pilot strikes, the crisis-ridden airline SAS and four Scandinavian unions agreed on Tuesday to a new wage settlement. That same day the airline, hitherto majority owned by Denmark and Sweden with shares of 21.8 each, restarted operations. But its problems, as commentators note, are still a long way off being resolved.

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Jyllands-Posten (DK) /

You can't bring a dinosaur back from extinction

Jyllands-Posten is furious:

“SAS operates in a protected zone - at the taxpayers' expense. It is high time the Danish withdrew, just as happened in Sweden [which wants to reduce its share]. ... But the Danish state doesn't only want to support SAS, it also wants to up its investment - increasing its share from 21.8 to 30 percent. ... In its current form SAS is a dinosaur, which needs artificial respiration to survive. ... All Scandinavian countries should have sold their SAS shares long ago and forced the company to function in the real world.”

Aftonbladet (SE) /

Flying has become dangerous

Aftonbladet worries about flight safety:

“In May this year a Norwegian aeroplane that took off at [Stockholm] Arlanda was only seconds away from crashing in Paris. Aviation expert Jan Ohlsson is concerned about flight safety and stresses that since the pandemic 'there has been a shortage of pilots and flight crew who are bouncing between companies with different routes.' The airline industry needs to be better regulated - with a industry-wide agreement for all companies who fly to Scandinavia and with stricter safety regulations on the part of the authorities.”