Carrier SAS files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in US

FILE - SAS planes are grounded at Oslo Gardermoen airport during pilots strikes, in Oslo, Friday, April 26, 2019. SAS has filed for bankruptcy in the United States, warning the announcement of a strike by 1,000 pilots a day earlier had put the future of the carrier at risk which added to the travel chaos across Europe as the summer vacation period begins. The group said Tuesday, July 5, 2022 it had "voluntarily filed for chapter 11 in the U.S.," and said its operations and flight schedule will be unaffected. (Ole Berg-Rusten/NTB Scanpix via AP, File)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Scandinavian Airlines on Tuesday filed for bankruptcy in the United States, warning a walkout by 1,000 pilots a day earlier had put the future of the carrier at risk.

The move adds to the likelihood of travel chaos across Europe as the summer vacation period begins.

The Stockholm-based SAS airline group said it had "voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 in the U.S., a legal process for financial restructuring conducted under U.S. federal court supervision."

Filing for Chapter 11 in New York puts civil litigation on hold while the business reorganizes its finances.

SAS said that its operations and flight schedule will be unaffected by the announcement.

CEO Anko van der Werff said that the pilots' strike accelerated the move. "I think we have been very clear that this could happen," he said.

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