Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for U.S. Citizens traveling in the country of Greece. This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…
Flight Disruptions Likely on 29 and 30 January due to Strike Actions by Aviation Personnel
Severity: 3 (Moderate)
Source: Drum Cussac
01/28/2014 (Greece) – Media reports indicated that workers belonging to Greece’s Union of Electronic Engineering Air Traffic Safety are planning to go on strike between 1000hrs and 1400hrs (0800 and 1200 UTC) on Wednesday, 29 January, over the European Union’s single sky policy. Personnel belonging to the Greek Air Traffic Controllers would also stage a work stoppage between 1100 and 1400hrs on Thursday, 29 January. According to press accounts, the industrial actions are likely to disrupt operations at Athens International Airport (ATH) and other regional aviation hubs.
The risk rating for Greece is currently MODERATE. The EU’s proposed amendments to the Single European Sky (SES) legislation have been met with opposition due to their perceived safety and economic consequences. Critics claim that the changes would only benefit the interest of airline companies at the expense of air travel safety and the working conditions of aviation personnel. It should also be noted that the strike on Thursday will be part of a region-wide mobilisation in Europe, which was originally planned for October 2013 but was later called off due to ongoing negotiations.
Those flying in and out of Greece on Wednesday and Thursday are advised to refer to the local news to be updated on the specific details of the strike actions. Clients are also advised to reconfirm their respective travel schedules before proceeding to the airport to minimise possible disruption to itineraries.
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