Visitors face travel disruption in Greece due to strikes

Published on : Thursday, May 18, 2017

greeceStrikes in Greece for four consecutive days are disrupting travel to, from and within the country.


Of the worst affected are the ferry passengers as the members of the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) are on strike until Friday. The Foreign Office has warned sating, “All passenger ferries across Greece are likely to remain in ports on those days.”

Greece’s two biggest trades unions, the General Confederation of Greek Workers and the Civil Servants’ Confederation, are staged a 24-hour national strike stopping the local public transport and the rail services. In addition, the Union of Greek Air Traffic Controllers also participated in the strike.


The strike of the members of the Panhellenic Union of Aeronautical Telecommunication Officers added to the complication.


According to a Notice to Airmen filed by Eurocontrol, only emergency and VIP flights will be allowed, though overflights will be unaffected.


British Airways has cancelled the morning round-trip from Heathrow to Athens, but is deploying a wide-bodied Boeing 777 instead of a smaller Airbus A320 on the following service in order to accommodate the displaced passengers.


The budget airline easyJet also said in their statement that they are doing everything possible to minimise the impact of the strike on the customers. The airline has taken the decision to proactively reschedule and cancel a number of flights, allowing customers to reorganise their journeys.


Ryanair also re-timed some flights to avoid the strike period, although has not cancelled any flight.


Passengers who do reach Athens airport will find that no suburban rail or metro trains are running because of the general strike.

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