Cyprus's two airports were thrown into chaos and passengers faced long delays Thursday, June 14, as civil aviation staff staged a two-hour strike against privatization plans.
The stoppage began at 6:00 p.m. (1500 GMT) and affected some 24 flights, officials said. Strikers say the government's plans to hand airport operations to the private sector will be a burden on the taxpayer and cost jobs.
The government criticized the strike as "unnecessary" because handing over air traffic control to the private sector is not part of its plans.
Some 16 international groups are vying for the $300 million contract to develop and run Larnaca and Paphos airports which handle 5.9 million passengers a year. ― (AFP, Nicosia)
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