Greek strike update: Advice for Brits travelling to Greece

Ruth Doherty

Flight warning to Brits as Greece set for another 48-hour strike
Flight warning to Brits as Greece set for another 48-hour strike

Check-in desks at an airport in Greece earlier in the month were empty following a 24-hour strike. Photo: PA

British travellers are being warned of further flight disruptions to Greece this week, but what was thought to have been a 48-hour strike has now been reduced to 12.

Airlines are warning holidaymakers that this may still cause some flight disruption, with British Airways and Easyjet confirming flights would be affected today and tomorrow.

According to Travel Mole, BA said passengers to should check the status of their flight before heading to the airport, while Easyjet is offering passengers booked on flights to Greece from Gatwick, Manchester, Liverpool, and Bristol tomorrow and Thursday the chance to transfer their booking to another time.

Andrew McConnell, Corporate Affairs Manager at Easyjet, told Aol Travel: 'The Greek Air Traffic Control (ATC) strike, previously planned for 48hrs on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of October 2011, has now been reduced to 12hrs. The industrial action will start on Wednesday the 19th of October at midnight and end at midday (local time).

'Following this latest notification by the Greek authorities, easyJet has been working on plans to minimise disruption on its passengers. All its scheduled flights are now reinstated for Wednesday but delays are expected with operations returning to normal by Thursday 20th of October.

'Passengers are strongly advised to check for the most up to date information.
'easyJet is also proactively communicating any changes to its schedule to passengers via text and email.

'For cancelled flights, easyJet offers its passengers the option of transferring their flight free of charge or a refund on the internet.

'Whilst the circumstances are outside of the airline's control, easyJet apologises for any inconvenience that could be caused and can reassure passengers that we will be doing everything possible to operate services as normal.'

Flights were also affected at the beginning of the month when a 24-hour strike was called by the General Union of Greek Employees in protest against government cuts.