Planes Grounded at Athens Airport in Rolling Air Traffic Control Strikes


    Planes will remain grounded in Greek airports as of Sunday due to the rolling 24-hour strikes called by air traffic controllers. The workers are protesting against the new legislation approved by parliament that foresees the restructuring of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

    The strikes have been scheduled for Sunday (October 9), Monday (October 10), Wednesday (October 12) and Thursday (October 13), from 00:01 to 23:59. During those days, there will no flights to and from Greek airports.

    After its meeting with Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis and the head of the CAA Konstantinos Lyntzerakos, the union said it insists on taking labour action.

    On occasion, the Greek courts have stepped in to prevent prolonged or sudden strikes by air-traffic controllers, citing national security but there had been no such move by late last night.
    (Source: ANA-MPA)