Finnish airline, Finnair, has been almost entirely paralysed today following a flash strike by cabin crew. It is still unknown if the strike will have any serious impact on an informal EU summit scheduled for tomorrow in Lahti. The strike has grounded most of the carrier’s scheduled flights with long-haul and domestic departures badly hit. Some short-haul European flights will be operating but all flights to Asia and the US have been cancelled.
The protest follows the hiring of 500 new cabin crew personnel who are to be paid 30% less than those already under contract. Finnair says the lower rate of pay is necessary following falling ticket prices, high costs and growing competition in the industry.