STOCKHOLM Dec 16 Scandinavian airline SAS
(SAS.ST) will put off a decision about the future of three of
its business units until late January because of the threat of
a strike by unions, daily Dagens Industri wrote on Sunday.
SAS said earlier this year it would review the future of
its Ground Services, Technical Services and part of its cargo
unit as it looks to focus on core activities to boost profit.
A decision was due at a board meeting to be held Monday,
Dagens Industri wrote in its Internet edition, quoting an
Management will now likely put off the decision to the end
"A big strike across the whole of Scandinavia would cost
SAS about 100 million crowns per day and would be a big problem
for SAS's customers," Dagens Industri quoted the source
"Concern for passengers during the Christmas and New Year
period means that SAS' board will postpone the decision."
Dagens Industri said the units in question employ around
SAS has been hit by a number of strikes this year, and
three emergency landings in autumn forced it to ground its
entire fleet of Dash 8 Q400 planes, costing it hundreds of
millions of crowns in lost business.
(Reporting by Simon Johnson; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)