SAS CEO warns of more delays

SAS’s CEO, Rickard Gustafsson, warns that there are currently no required number of air traffic controllers, and that this can have serious consequences for air traffic this summer.

– I am very uneasy for the summer, because there is not the necessary capacity of air traffic controllers to handle European air traffic. This will lead to delays and chaos, says Gustafsson to the Swedish media Expressen.

Missing air traffic controllers
The newspaper writes that the delays last year were doubled compared to the summer before, despite the fact that air traffic increased by four percent.

According to the European Airlines Association of Airlines, missing air traffic controllers accounted for 75 percent of the delays, according to the European Airlines Association, Airlines for Europe.

As an air traffic controller, one works with monitoring and directing all types of aircraft in and around airports and in the airspace.

SAS in headwind
In April, SAS entered into a comprehensive strike, which started on April 26 and lasted until May 2, when SAS got an agreement with the company’s pilots, who went for better pay and working conditions.

During the first five days of the strike, more than 2,800 departures were canceled and nearly 270,000 passengers were affected.