SAS Strike Compensation

Updated on 11.08.2022

_In August many flights operated by Sas Scandinavian Airlines will be cancelled due to staff or pilot strikes. We want to remind you that flight cancellations due to these staff strikes are eligible for compensation if you were informed by Sas Scandinavian Airlines less than 14 days before your flight.

If you’ve been affected by an SAS strike, then you’ve come to the right place. You may be entitled to up to $650 in compensation if you experienced delays or cancellations due to an SAS Airlines strike. We can help you make a claim under EU law.

**March 23th 2021: The European Court of Justice ruled against SAS Scandinavia that if a flight is canceled or significantly delayed due to a strike by airline employees, the customer may be entitled for compensation.

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SAS Strike: Your Air Passenger Rights

As air passengers, we are protected by a piece of EU law called EC 261. It holds airlines financially accountable for flight disruptions that they are responsible for. That includes flight disruptions due to airline staff strikes. So if your flight was canceled due to an SAS strike, you may be eligible for compensation under the EC 261 regulations. The law regarding this particular situation was clarified only as recently as 2018. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, ruled that disruption caused by airline employee strikes qualifies for compensation as the airline is considered responsible for the behavior of their own staff.

You can find out more about EC 261 and your air passenger rights here.

Eligibility for SAS strike Compensation

When am I Eligible for Flight Strike Compensation from SAS Scandinavian Airlines?

You are eligible for SAS strike compensation if:

  • You had a flight disrupted by an SAS Scandinavian Airlines staff strike.

  • Your flight was either delayed by 3 hours or more, or was canceled less than 14 days before it was due to depart.

  • You had a confirmed flight reservation.

  • The disruption occurred within the last 3 years.

  • If you took a replacement flight, your new arrival time was significantly different to your original flight.

An SAS pilot strike and in general, airline staff strikes are strikes involving the employees of SAS Scandinavian Airlines. That includes pilots, cabin crew, airline engineers, and other employees working directly for SAS Scandinavian Airlines. If you book a flight which is disrupted because of a staff strike, SAS Scandinavian Airlines may owe you compensation to make up for the trouble caused.

We believe that air passenger rights should always come first – if an airline strike with SAS Scandinavian Airlines causes or caused your flight to be delayed, canceled, or even result in a denied boarding, you can make a claim for compensation.

When am I Not Eligible for Strike Compensation from SAS Scandinavian Airlines?

You are not eligible for strike compensation if the strike is one that SAS Scandinavian Airlines has no control over. For example:

  • Strikes by airport security staff

  • Strikes by baggage handlers

  • Strikes by air traffic management staff

  • Strikes caused by political unrest

While an SAS pilot strike and other staff strikes are within the control of SAS Scandinavian Airlines, all other strikes are considered to be “extraordinary circumstances”. Extraordinary circumstances are any events or situations that are completely beyond the airline’s control and cannot be avoided, even if reasonable measures have been taken to protect against them. In such cases, SAS Scandinavian Airlines is not at fault.

Check Your Eligibility for Airline Strike Compensation from SAS Scandinavian Airlines with AirHelp!

Not sure whether your flight qualifies for flight strike compensation? There are a lot of laws and exclusions, so for a quick and easy answer, all you have to do is to fill out our eligibility checker with your details. We’ll tell you if your flight qualifies and how much you’re entitled to. You can also use us to handle the claim for you.

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What About Past SAS Strikes?

If you were affected by an SAS strike in the last 3 years you might be eligible for compensation.

Use our compensation check to see if you are eligible.

How Much is SAS Strike Compensation?

The amount of SAS strike compensation that you are entitled to, depends on your individual circumstances, but you may be owed as much as $650* per person. Click on the type of disruption you had to find out more.

*Some amounts on this page are shown in Euros as legal processing takes place within the European Union.

SAS Strike Flight Cancellation Compensation

Sometimes, SAS Scandinavian Airlines staff strikes (e.g. a pilot SAS strike) can lead to the cancellation of your flight altogether. If you’ve had a flight canceled due to an SAS strike, you could be owed compensation! You qualify for compensation if the airline notified you less than 14 days before your flight was due to depart, and they weren’t able to offer you an alternative flight that arrived at a similar time.

Less than 2 hours2 - 3 hours3 – 4 hoursMore than 4 hoursNever arrivedDistance
€125€250€250€250€250All flights 1,500 km or less
€200€200€400€400€400Internal EU flights over 1,500 km
€200€200€400€400€400Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km
€300€300€300€600€600Non-internal EU flights over 3,500 km

You can learn more about flight cancellations and your rights here.

SAS Strike Flight Delay Compensation

SAS Scandinavian Airlines strikes can sometimes cause lengthy delays and affect your arrival at your final destination. You are eligible for compensation if your flight is delayed by 3 hours or more.

How much could you be owed when your flight with SAS Scandinavian Airlines is delayed?

Less than 3 hours3 – 4 hoursMore than 4 hoursNever arrivedDistance
€ –€250€250€250All flights 1,500 km or less
€ –€400€400€400Internal EU flights over 1,500 km
€ –€400€400€400Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km
€ –€300€600€600Non-internal EU flights over 3,500 km

You can learn more about flight delay compensation here.

Denied Boarding Compensation

During an airline strike, there may be instances where you are denied boarding due to an aircraft being overbooked. If you are denied boarding against your will, you may be entitled to compensation. You can learn more about denied boarding compensation here.

Important Passenger Rights During a SAS Scandinavian Airlines Strike

You Have the Right to Care

When you experience flight disruption due to an airline strike, you have the “right to care“. Depending on the length of the delay, SAS Scandinavian Airlines must provide you with several essentials, including:

  • Meals and refreshments.

  • Access to communications, including two telephone calls, fax messages, or emails.

  • Overnight accommodation, including transportation to and from the airport to your hotel, if necessary.

Rebooking and Refunds

If your flight has been canceled or delayed for more than five hours, you have the right to withdraw from your flight and receive a complete refund.

If your flight was canceled, you also have the choice of taking an alternative flight, organized by SAS Scandinavian Airlines, to get you to your destination. You can learn more about rebooking and refunds here.

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Flight disruption due to airline strikes does happen, and it is your right to receive compensation if you are affected. AirHelp makes the process of claiming easy and stress-free. We handle the heavy lifting for you!

AirHelp is one of the most successful flight compensation companies in the world, with lawyers in over 30 countries, and support in 16 languages. We use innovative technology to assess and pursue each case, which allows us to start working on your claim quickly and efficiently.

Plus, we operate on a no win, no fee basis, eliminating the risk for you completely. So if you need help to get your flight compensation due to a SAS Scandinavian Airlines strike, fill out our form today.

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About SAS Scandinavian Airlines

SAS Scandinavian Airlines is the biggest Swedish Airline. Scandinavian competitors include Finnair & Norwegian. The airline was founded in 1946 and changed its name to SAS 1951.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines Headquarters

SAS Scandinavian Airlines is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. The airline is a founding member of the Star Alliance group with other major airlines such as Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.

Airline IATA Code: SK

Address: SAS Head Office, Frösundaviks Allé 1, 195 87 Stockholm, Sweden



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