On August 20, the morning flights from the island to Athens and vice-versa were cancelled because the only civil protection officer, who is also the air traffic controller of the airport, suffered low back pain and was transferred to Milos hospital.
According to reports, the airport employee suffered from lumbago and despite his efforts to overcome the pain and continue his shift, it was impossible for him to work and as a result the flights were cancelled.
Chaos broke out in Milos’ airport because there is no one to replace the employee who had to take a leave of absence for a few days. Today’s morning flight was cancelled and there is no information about what will happen next.
At the moment, airport officials are waiting for an air traffic controller to arrive from Athens on the next flight, which will only be able to land if the airport employee can manage to leave the hospital and reach the Control Tower. However, his health problem is quite serious and it is almost impossible for him to go to the airport.
Many tourists were supposed to be on the flight to Athens in order to catch connection flights to their homes abroad. The fact that they have lost their flights will lead to a full compensation, while their dissatisfaction will probably lead to negative comments about Greece.