Scandinavian carrier SAS was forced to cut capacity by 23% in July, compared with the previous month, as a result of the two-week pilot strike.

Passenger numbers for the airline were down by almost a third against June’s figures after 3,700 services were cancelled during the 15-day walkout.

But changes to capacity meant SAS managed to keep load factor at 82% for the month.

“We are happy operations returned to normality again allowing us to start regaining our customers’ trust,” says chief executive Anko van der Werff.

SAS filed for US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on 5 July, the day after the strike commenced.

Van der Werff says the filing is intended to “accelerate” the ‘SAS Forward’ transformation and put the airline on a financially-stable platform.

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Source: SAS