Air traffic controllers protest delays flights in Warsaw | lifestyles


WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Air traffic authorities in Poland are warning travelers of possible flight delays and cancellations at Warsaw Airport following a protest and the firing of some air traffic controllers.

The protest comes in response to changes made in January to the way the air traffic control authority, Poland’s air traffic control authority, works, and allegations that it does not adequately ensure airspace safety. Controllers have also criticized the new salary system, although it allows the most experienced to earn up to PLN 45,000 ($10,500) a month.

Of the 216 air traffic controllers at Warsaw’s Frédéric Chopin Airport, 44 have resigned in the past month and about 130 are at risk of resigning in April. A new head of regulator was appointed on March 31 and negotiations are ongoing.

On Saturday, some arrivals and departures at the airport were delayed by an average of 30 minutes. An airport spokeswoman, Anna Dermont, said the situation was the result of staff shortages in the control tower.

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The Polish Civil Aviation Authority has issued a warning that flights could be delayed or canceled in the coming days.

The State Audit Office NIK has found irregularities in the work of the Air Traffic Control Inspectorate, saying there are internal tensions while air traffic controllers complained about overwork.

In mid-March, airspace over eastern Poland was reserved for military training and defense purposes only, due to the February 24 Russian invasion of Poland’s eastern neighbor Ukraine.

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