ATM Modernization, Business & GA, Commercial

Greek ATC Strike Causes Flight Disruptions

By Juliet Van Wagenen | August 5, 2015


Check-in desks at Athens airport in Greece
Check-in desks at Athens airport in Greece. Photo: Wikipedia

[Avionics Today 08-05-2015] The Greek Air Traffic Controllers Association (GATCA) organized a 4-hour strike scheduled today, Aug. 5, which has effected hundreds of flights. GATCA is striking in a bid to drive reform of Greece’s Air Navigation System (ANS), according to a statement released by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA). Flights to and from Greece whave been severely disrupted during the strike with further strike action threatened for August 14 and 15.

“GATCA’s motives to drive reform may be well placed but using strike action to achieve them is not,” said Simon McNamara, director general of the ERA. “This action will be hugely disruptive to airlines and will cause misery to passengers at a time of peak demand.”

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