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Finnair Strike Averted In Last-Minute Deal, 130 Flights Still Cancelled

11/15/2013 08:19 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:56 EST
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Finnair planes are grounded at Helsinki airport on November 16, 2009 due to a Finnair pilots' strike, which started after wage negotiations at the weekend broke down. AFP PHOTO / MARKKU ULANDER - FINLAND OUT - (Photo credit should read MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)
HELSINKI - Some 10,000 passengers were affected by flight cancellations at Finnair on Friday and Saturday, as the Finnish national carrier prepared for a planned strike by cabin crews and other personnel that was averted only at the last minute.

The airline said 130 flights were cancelled to prepare for the impending strike that would have "paralyzed" its traffic for some two weeks. It said Friday it was making alternative arrangements for passengers, with normal traffic expected to resume "within a few days."

Unions and airline representatives said the strike threat was called off after both sides accepted a last-minute mediation proposal by the national conciliator on Friday morning. They gave no details.

Struggling against high costs and tough competition from budget airlines, Finnair PLC has embarked on a savings program of 260 million euros ($350 million), including substantial job cuts.

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