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Finavia: March 6 strike effects moderate – next strike warnings March 10 & 14

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A part of airport staff’s strike on March 6 affected air traffic less than expected. Next strike warnings are submitted to Friday 10 March and Tuesday 14 March.
The strike on March 6 between 03-09 affected flights of several airlines and air traffic at Finnish airports. Due to seamless cooperation and caferul pre-planning, the effects of the strike to air traffic were smaller than expected.
Operations at Helsinki Airport ran smoothly throughout the morning, and delays in air traffic were moderate. Airt traffic was close to normal schedule also in network airports.
The strike may affect the air traffic at Helsinki Airport and network airports later on Monday 6 March. Passengers are advised to follow their airline’s communications.
Real-time flight information is available on the home pages of Finavia’s airports. Below arrivals and departures information of Helsinki Airport.
•Helsinki Airport Departures
•Helsinki Airport Arrivals
Next strike warnings: Friday 10 March & Tuesday 14 March
On March 10 at 15-19 pm & March 14 at 03-09 am strikes would include air traffic at several airports. Situation can be later estimated in more details.
Flights: Flights may be delayed and the delays may affect also air traffic during the rest of the day. We kindly ask passengers to follow airlines’ communication, and if needed contact the airline directly.
There will be less employees taking care of aircraft de-icing during the strike.
Security control: Security control will be operated nearly normally with special arrangements. There may still be queues.
Check-in and baggage: There may be queues at Helsinki Airport check-in. There will be delays with baggage handling. For instance, Finnair has recommended their passengers to travel with hand luggage only if possible.
Finavia will take every action possible together with the air traffic operators that the effects of possible employee action towards passengers are minimised.
Finavia publishes new information as soon as it is availabe and keeps this page updated.
What’s the matter?
The strikes are aimed at airport security control and ground handling. Ground handling includes aircraft de-icing, luggage handling, check-in and gate operations.
This strike is caused by the service company Airpro’s new general agreement, which came into force on 1 February in adherence to the Competitiveness Pact. The agreement exists between labour unions JHL and Pardia, and is legally binding for IAU members. IAU was previously a party to the Airpro agreement. It, however, seceded from the Competitiveness Solution and is demanding better benefits for its members.
More information on the negotiations will be provided by the Association of Service Sector Employers PALTA.
Finavia considers it regrettable that employee action is being used to affect smooth air traffic.
The strike notice of Labour union Pro concerning possible strikes on March 5 and 6 for the cabin crew of  three charter airlines TuiFly Nordic, Thomson and Thomas Cook has been cancelled.

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