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No flights to/from Athens on Thursday due to 24-hour union strike

No commercial flights will arrive at or depart from Athens International Airport on Thursday due to the participation of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Employees’ Unions’ (OSYPA) , which includes air traffic controllers, in a nationwide strike called by the country’s public sector union, ADEDY, to protest the government’s pension reform plans.

On Monday, the Greek Civil Servants’ Confederation (ADEDY) published a statement calling for a 24-hour industrial action to be held on April 7 against pension reform and social cuts in the country.

“The OSYPA decided to participate in the 24-hour strike of ADEDY on April 7, 2016 from 00.00 to 23.59,” the Federation of Hellenic Civil Aviation Employees’ Unions said in a statement issued on Tuesday. It was added in the statement that despite the decision to join the strike, the OSYPA would provide necessary assistance for the military, medical, government flights and the flights to be scheduled in case of the unexpected circumstances.

Passenger traffic at the Athens International Airport rose significantly in March by 17.1% – 1.29 million passengers – and setting a new record for the month, the airport said in a press release on Monday.

According to official data, domestic traffic rose 16% last month to 511,642 passengers compared to the same period last year, while international arrivals rose 11.9% to 775,883 people.For the first quarter of the year, which marked 15 years of operation for Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, passenger traffic went up 15.7% to 3,450,663 million passengers, which is another record.

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