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Transport services in Greece hit by strikes

Athens hopes to attract meetings organisers back to the city

Flights and train services in Greece are being disrupted by a series of strikes across the country.

Air traffic controllers are taking industrial action from 11.00 to 15.00 today (May 17), which is “likely to cause disruption to all international and domestic flights”, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Rail and bus services in Greece are also expected to be severely affected by a 24-hour stoppage by public sector unions. While all ferry services are likely to be cancelled for two 48-hour periods on May 16-17 and May 18-19.

Air traffic control organisation Eurocontrol said in a briefing that there would be “high delays for several airports for arriving traffic” due to the strike by ATC workers. Although overflights through Greek airspace will not be affected.

Easyjet said in a statement: “We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact of the strike on our customers, and have taken the decision to proactively reschedule and cancel a number of flights, allowing customers to reorganise their journeys.”

British Airways said it had “proactively retimed” some flights to avoid the four-hour ATC strike period.

“We will also be using larger aircraft on some flights to/from Athens on Wednesday May 17 to help affected customers.”

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