Swissport’s impromptu strike earlier this week is over and Paphos airport is now operating normally, reports Hermes Airports PR manager Adamos Aspris.
“There was a stoppage but this is now over. Hermes Airports wishes to reiterate its regret to the traveling public about the difficulties and inconvenience suffered as a result of yesterday’s spontaneous strike by Swissport employees," he confirmed.
Hundreds of passengers were stranded at Paphos airport on Wednesday, one of one of its busiest evenings of the week, when ground handlers from Swissport staged an impromptu strike, the Cyprus Mail reports.
Coaches transferring holidaymakers filled the airport car park as hundreds of travellers waited in groups outside, while inside the airport was packed as people waited for any news about the unexpected delays.
The industrial action happened following a dispute with the company’s management over a plan to dismiss seven employees and reduce shifts for the remaining workers.
Some 100 workers joined in the strike action which left hundreds of passengers stranded at the airport on one of the busiest days of the week, which meant that several incoming flights had to be diverted to Larnaca and passengers trying to leave the island were stuck. Reports suggested that 14 flights had been affected.