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Aviation strike starts, airport quiet

A strike by workers at Finnish airports has brought aviation traffic to a standstill at Helsinki Airport. The four-hour work stoppage by ground crew caused hundreds of flight cancellations. Negotiations to resolve the dispute are scheduled for Monday. 

Helsinki-Vantaa lentoasema.
Image: Antti Aimo-koivisto / Lehtikuva

Ground services crew went on strike for four hours on Friday, causing Finnair to cancel more than a hundred flights. An Yle reporter on the ground reported that the country's busiest airport, Helsinki, was considerably quieter than it is on a normal weekend.

Airport operator Finavia had urged travellers to arrive on time and prepare for delays. Finnair claims the dispute is costing the company more than a million euros, and the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) has criticised support strikes taking place at the same time.

Talks to resolve the dispute are scheduled for Monday.

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