Flying domestically has bumpy landings, or not these few days
This Wednesday, September 23, 2020 sees us at the end of yet another transport workers strike.
This time it is the civil aviation workers belonging to the Pan Hellenic Union of Licensed Aeronautical Telecommunications Officers (air traffic controllers etc) working in the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority. They have picketed and halted the airports at Leros, Milos, Naxos, Paros, and Sitia. As a result, affecting Olympic Air and SkyExpress flights.
It goes without saying that there has been another distraction this week, Cyclone Iaros that hit the Ionian Islands and parts of Central Greece too, crippling transport links there too..
Olympicair operates all flights in Greece with its own aircraft and on behalf of Aegean Airlines (A3). They both are of course part and parcel of the same A3 airline group.
The airline said that over three days it was cancelling some 58 flights between Athens and what I would describe as smaller destinations. Interesting side note, the Athens Government underwrites the cost of maintaining air routes to a number of these smaller destinations, notably Sitia in Crete.
How are flight schedules being affected?
Those OA services that have been affected are:
– Monday 21st: Athens- Naxos-Athens, Athens-Milos-Athens, Athens-Paros-Athens, Athens-Leros-Athens and Athens-Sitia-Athens
– Wednesday 23rd – Athens-Leros-Athens, Athens-Milos-Athens, Athens- Naxos-Athens, Athens-Paros-Athens and Rhodes to Kastellorizo
Similar cancellations apply to flights by SkyExpress (GQ) to the mentioned islands, where they operate.
Please be aware that from my experience today, visiting the Olympicair.com (OA) website there is no obvious mention of the strike and cancellation of flights in what we would expect to see as a ‘special announcement’. The same applies to the skyexpress website. This is unacceptible consumer relations. So, as there is no useful updated information on the OA website, this means you have to resort to phoning. Telephone +30-801 801 0101 from a landline or +30-210 355 0500 from a handphone. SkyExpress: phone 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
801 112 8288, 215 215 6510 or via e-mail callcenter(at)skyexpress.gr
Perhaps not the best of travel this week across the Greek Islands, but the weather continues fair across among many parts.