TUI Cruises helps stranded SAS passengers in Svalbard

Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 13:07 by ce-press

In July TUI Cruises and Hurtigruten Svalbard worked together to help air passengers stranded in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, due to strike action by SAS pilots.

Mein Schiff 3, which was on a call at the time, was able to accommodate 129 tourists and permanent residents wanting to leave the island. The ship then returned to the mainland, with calls in Honningsvag, Tromso and Alesund, respectively, before sailing on to Bremerhaven in Germany.

TUI also offered limited flight capacity on its Hapag-Lloyd Cruises flights. In addition Mein Schiff 4 picked up air passengers in Honningsvag who were heading to Longyearbyen.

A second repatriation operation for those wanting to leave Longyearbyen towards Iceland also took place on Mein Schiff 4 with 28 air passengers repatriated to Akureyri and Reykjavik.
“We would like to take this opportunity to also thank Anika from Hurtigruten Svalbard for her great assistance over that weekend. So far I believe everything has been done that was possible under these short-notice conditions,” commented Marcus Puttich, senior head of port management & operations, nautical fleet & health at TUI Cruises.
TUI Cruises helps stranded SAS passengers in Svalbard
Checking in to Mein Schiff 3 in Longyearbyen on July 10 (c) Hurtigruten Svalbard

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