Finnair prepares for a possible strike by Finnish Aviation Union on May 19-20 If the strike threat is not withdrawn, Finnair is forced to cancel flights The Finnish Aviation Union has issued a strike warning for 19-20 May 2015, and the possible strike would impact also Finnair and its subcontractors. The strike is in connection to a dispute related to a collective labour agreement applied to a Finnish ground handling company. Finnair is not a party to the dispute in any way. The strike would also impact other airlines operating to and from Finland. Even though the dispute is not related to Finnair, the strike would, if implemented, have significant impacts on Finnair flights, as it would bring Finnair's baggage and ground handling services to a complete halt for several hours during peak travel hours on 19-20 May. The strike would thus disrupt the travel plans of thousands of Finnair customers. Finnair has already offered customers the possibility to change their travel dates to avoid traveling on the possible strike days. If the strike threat is not withdrawn, Finnair is forced to cancel many of its flights on 19-20 May, to avoid a situation where thousands of customers would be stranded at Helsinki Airport when their connecting flights cannot be operated. Some cancellations will also have to be made on May 18 and May 21. First cancellations will be made for certain flights for Monday, 18 May, and Finnair will inform customers of these cancellations on Sunday, 17 May. Finnair will also publish a list of the cancelled flights on its webpages at http://www.finnair.com/info Decisions on cancellations for Tuesday 19 May will be made on Monday 18 May, and Finnair will inform customers of these cancellations via short messages and email. Decisions on cancellations for Wednesday 20 May will be made on Tuesday, 19 May and Finnair will inform customers of these cancellations via short messages and email. The strike would also impact Finnair's traffic on Thursday May 21. Decisions on flight cancellations for Thursday will be made on Wednesday May 20, and Finnair will inform customers of these cancellations via short messages and email. Finnair will publish a list of flights to be operated on Tuesday 18 May on Monday, 17 May, and a list of flights to be operated on Wednesday 20 May on Tuesday, 19 May at http://www.finnair.com/info. Finnair recommends its customers to: Please check from Manage booking that we have your current contact information. Follow the flight situation at http://www.finnair.com/int/gb/flights/flightlist If your flight is cancelled, you can choose whether to change the travel time or get rerouted when rerouting possibilities are available, or get a refund. If your flight is on the list of flights to be operated on Tuesday or Wednesday, please complete your check-in online and travel with hand baggage only, as the strike impacts our customer service and baggage handling operations. Finnair customers can get up to date information by following the following channels: Finnair webpages at: http://www.finnair.com/info Flight information: http://www.finnair.com/int/gb/flights/flightlist Finnair customer service on Twitter: www.twitter.com/finnairhelps Finnair on Twitter: www.twitter.com/finnair Finnair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Finnair.