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Irish airline Cityjet to sack two-thirds of pilots in Finland

Cityjet currently employs 40 pilots at its Helsinki hub.

Norwegianin kone nousee Arlandan lentoasemalta, etualalla SAS:n koneita.
Cityjet operates flights out of Finland for Scandinavian Airlines or SAS. Image: Johan Nilsson / EPA

Irish airline Cityjet has announced plans to slash the number of pilots on its payroll in Finland, according to a statement by the Finnish Pilots’ Association, FPA.

The decision follows the conclusion of redundancy talks in which the airline said it would offload two-thirds of 40 pilots in Helsinki as well as all other flight crew.

During the negotiations, Cityjet offered pilots comparable work in Stockholm or Copenhagen. However, FPA said that the offer would not work for all parties as the carrier had recently hired new pilots.

Cityjet is a subsidiary of the Irish airline Cityjet DAC. It operates flights out of Finland for Scandinavian Airlines or SAS and has offices in Helsinki and Stockholm.

In spring 2015 the airline purchased the entire share capital of budget airline Blue 1.

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