It seems dissatisfaction with airport management around the world is a thing, with the Finnish Aviation Union and the service sector employer-union Palta about labour agreements. As a result, Finnair flights are going to be affected.
Finnair Embraer E-190 at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport – Image, Economy Class and Beyond
The strike operations at Helsinki Airport between 15:00 and 19:00 EET on the 17th March 2017.
Finnair are indicating that its schedule will be impacted as critical ground services will be limited – or in some cases unavailable.
Finnair is contacting customers who are affected by this strike date, as well as the other possible strike dates (22 March, 23 March and 24 March), with the option to rebook travel to the 9th April 2017. In the meantime, you might want to check your bookings in Finnair’s Manage My Booking tool.
94 flights are currently affected – mainly affecting Finnair’s short-haul and European network. The full list is at https://www.finnair.com/gb/gb/flightinfo
If your flight isn’t affected, you are advised to head to Helsinki Airport early (as congestion is expected), reserve snacks if you’re travelling (as onboard catering will be restricted) and most importantly – travel with hand baggage only if possible as check luggage handling will be affected.
Strike action is never welcome – however short it is, and the timing on Friday evening could well mess up a lot of people’s weekends.
If you’re affected – allow plenty of time to rebook, be prepared to be flexible as a lot of other people will be in the same boat as you. If you’re travelling through Helsinki at that time, allow extra time for your journey. Whilst it’s possible to change planes in under 20 minutes at Helsinki Airport, Friday 17th March may not be the day to attempt it.
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