Flight Engineers to Strike

UPDATE 19:45

Passengers could be affected as Swedish flight engineers at three companies are set go on strike beginning Wednesday at the stroke of midnight. The strike is planned to run through noon-time on Saturday, reports news agency TT.

Flight engineers working for SAS, Avia Express and Svenska Direktflyg, plan to strike.

While TransportGroup, the umbrella association representing those companies, claims that the strike will not affect flights considerably -- at least at the outset, the union says it will have a big impact on passengers.

Elisabeth Manzi, public relations officer for SAS, told TT that passengers with travel tickets should show up to the airport as planned.

"In concrete terms, this means that we won't be able to carry out maintenance work on our planes. But come tomorrow, our ambition is to fly as much as we can," she said.

TT reports that another strike may follow next week, also from Thursday until Saturday.

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