Greece Strike: Flights Canceled, Ferries Shut Down

Photo by AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

A general strike in Greece is continuing to disrupt public transport and air travel today.

Reuters reports that thousands of Greeks participated in marches through central Athens in a protest against continued austerity measures being demanded by the country’s international creditors in exchange for bailout funds. Greece’s Parliament is due to vote on the measures Thursday.

According to a statement from Athens International Airport, the participation of air traffic controllers in the strike will cancel all flights to and from the airport between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (all times local).

Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air have both posted updated schedules involving today’s flight cancellations and delays to their respective websites. Travelers are advised to check the status of their flight before departing and to allow extra time at the airport.

According to The Independent, ferry service within Greece has been hardest hit by the strike, with all passenger ferries across Greece likely to remain in ports until Friday. Importantly, this will cut off access to islands without their own airport, many of which are popular tourist destinations.

In terms of local transportation, suburban railway and metro services will be shut down all day. Public buses will run from 9:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.

According to The New York Times, the protests have been mostly peaceful, although a group of hooded protestors in the early afternoon broke away from a crowd and threw stones and flares at police.

A full list of times and locations of today’s demonstrations in Athens is available here.