Cyprus controller strike halts flights

2012-03-03 22:47

Nicosia - Flights will be halted for 13 hours at Paphos International Airport on the Mediterranean resort island of Cyprus from late on Saturday as air traffic controllers stage a new strike, state news agency CNA reported.

A spokesperson for airport operator Hermes, Adamos Aspris, said six departures and six arrivals would be affected by the strike, which will run from 17:00 to 06:00 GMT on Sunday.

Controllers in Paphos and the country's main airport in Larnaca walked out on Friday and have also declared for strike action on March 7, 12 and 15.

The controllers' union said they were escalating action after talks with the government had broken down, with their proposals having been "dismissed without being examined" and there being "no willingness for a dialogue."

The controllers are seeking exemption from a two-year public sector pay freeze and also have grievances over manning levels, overtime and paying pension contributions.


  • Jacques - 2012-03-04 08:39

    Have you ever seen this airport? It's smaller than the PE airport. Wouldn't think they need controllers... Just circle the airport and look for a parking space before you land... :-)

  • CyberDog - 2012-03-05 10:53

    Not like the striking will even make a difference... They are on permanent strike, just slightly longer frappe breaks during strike. Paphos makes PE airport look like heath-row. The EU is in dire straights everyone has to have pay freezes, yet they want to be exempt for doing, what... erm nothing..

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 10:58

      The problem arises when Company bosses want to downsize the workforce and upsize the profits. This is the ammorality of Capitalism.

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