Delays feared in Basel
The air traffic controllers at Euro Airport want to go on strike on Tuesday
There could be delays in flight operations at Euro-Airport Basel-Mulhouse next Tuesday. The reason: air traffic controllers and maintenance workers want to go on strike.
The air traffic controllers at Euro Airport want to go on strike on Tuesday.
There will be a strike at Basel-Mulhouse Airport next Tuesday. The air traffic controllers and electrical engineers fear a planned restructuring of the technical maintenance service in the flight control center at Euro Airport. The maintenance service should be subordinated to the technical service in Strasbourg in the future, writes the “Basler Zeitung”.
“The unions object to such a withdrawal by the French state at an airport of this size,” criticize the unions. With nine million passengers a year, Mulhouse is a major airport in north-eastern France. In addition, Euro-Airport is also popular with many Swiss passengers, not only in the Basel region.
bottlenecks in summer
The problem: The trade unions fear that under the Strasbourg regime maintenance work in Mulhouse could no longer be carried out with the same priority and that there could be delays in flight operations.
So now it is the air traffic controllers and maintenance workers themselves who could cause delays in the flight schedule with their strike next Tuesday. However, it is not just about the planned restructuring, there is also a lack of staff. “Especially in summer, air traffic controllers are forced to combine control positions so that a single employee does the work of several,” accuse the unions. “Furthermore, they have to delay departure and landing times of planes so that the workload remains at a tolerable level.”
There may be restrictions
How much the strike on November 8th will affect flight operations is still open. After all: The French air traffic control has guaranteed a minimum number of employees. “The strike will lead to regulations, but not to flight cancellations a priori,” said Anne Legarde, who is responsible for communications at Euro Airport, in the BaZ.
Nevertheless: If you are planning to depart from Basel next Tuesday, you should inquire about changes in the flight schedule in good time and maybe be at the airport a little earlier. (ko)