ANOTHER TWELVE flights and 1,500 passengers were affected last night and this morning after the Paphos control tower was left unstaffed for 13 hours through the night.
The latest travel upset comes after air traffic controllers (ATCs) went on a four-strike on Friday, disrupting 20 flights to and from the island’s two airports, while hurting the island financially and politically.
The ATCs plan another three four-hour strikes on March 7, 12 and 15 as part of scheduled industrial action over pay cuts.
Hermes’ Airports spokesman Adamos Aspris said the absence of ATCs at the Paphos control tower from 7pm yesterday until 8am today “unfortunately” meant the airport had to close during those hours.
You can read the full article by Stefanos Evripidou published on 4th March and the readers comments (yes, there are lots) in the Cyprus Mail.
Which image currently paints the best picture of Paphos airport?
We do have 3 airports in Cyprus (one at Ercan that we don’t speak of), so why not approach ATC’s on the “other side” and have an open skies policy over Cyprus?
That could put an end to Larnaca and Paphos airports being held over a barrel by the current regime…