Second Greek ATC Strike Forces More Cancellations

Credit: Athens Airport

Air traffic controllers (ATCs) are participating in a general strike in Greece expected to last for 24 hrs. over Oct. 15-16.

The Supreme Administration of Greek Civil Servants Trade Unions (ADEDY) said the stoppages began at 8:00 a.m. local time on Oct. 15 and will run until 8:00 a.m. the next day.

All flights to and from all airports across Greece are affected as there will be no ATC to oversee takeoffs or landings for the 24-hr. period.

Athens-based Star Alliance member Aegean and its subsidiary Olympic Air have canceled all their domestic and international flights Oct. 15, with the exception of early flights A3 929 inbound from Tel Aviv (TLV) and A3 931 inbound from Cairo (CAI).

On Friday, Oct. 16, all flight sectors until 8:00 a.m. are being canceled. Fifteen flights have been rescheduled, Aegean said. 

This is the second ATC strike in Greece within a week. On Oct. 7- 8, ATC and electronic security engineers in Greece staged 4-hr. work stoppages on both days. 

Kurt Hofmann

Kurt Hofmann has been writing on the airline industry for 25 years. He appears frequently on Austrian, Swiss and German television and broadcasting…