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Air Traffic Controller Strikes-Poland

The Situation:

Air travel authorities in Poland are warning travelers of possible flight delays and cancellations at Warsaw Chopin Airport due to a protest and walk outs by flight controllers.

The protest is in reaction to changes made to the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency as well as to allegations that it was not properly ensuring airspace security. The controllers have also criticized the new salary system.

Of the 216 flight controllers at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin Airport, 44 quit last month and another 130 are threatening to quit this month. A new head of the regulatory body was appointed 31 March and negotiations are continuing.

On 9 April, several arrivals and departures were delayed by an average of 30 minutes at the airport due to shortages in the control tower's staff. Poland's Civil Aviation Authority has posted a warning that flights may be delayed or cancelled in the coming days.

Possible Effects:

  • Cancelled, delayed, or rerouted flights, possibly with little to no notice

  • Possible demonstrations at airports

  • Increased security personnel

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Prepare for disruptions caused by protests, such as increased traffic and security, blocked roads, and potential travel into demonstration sites (i.e. airports and near government buildings)

  • Check the local situation (local and social media, embassy, POC at the destination, etc.) prior to travel

  • Confirm your flight status prior to departing to the airport

  • Avoid all protests and demonstration, which have the possibility of turning violent and may serve as a catalyst for Covid-19 spread

  • Allow extra time to travel to/from the destination, airport, and accommodations

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy

  • Plan for alternative transportation, if necessary

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