Temporary Halt in Operations
Due to a social action undertaken by airport workers, the airport management decided to temporarily halt operations from 6:00 am to 10:00 am (0400 GMT and 0800 GMT) on Friday. This decision led to the cancellation of 59 flights, impacting both arrivals and departures.
Impact on Passengers
Switzerland’s second airport, Geneva, serves as a vital hub for the budget carrier EasyJet. With approximately 8,000 passengers estimated to be affected by the cancellations, the strike’s consequences were felt by a significant number of travelers. The disruption disrupted travel plans during the busy summer season, causing inconvenience and potential logistical challenges.
Wage Policy Controversy
The strike was triggered by the approval of a new wage policy by the airport’s board. Staff members contested the policy, leading to the industrial action. The clash over the wage policy highlights the ongoing concerns and negotiations surrounding fair compensation and working conditions in the aviation industry.
The aviation industry as a whole has been striving to prevent a recurrence of the chaos witnessed at European airports last year. The unprecedented surge in travel post-Covid pandemic combined with staff shortages had strained the sector’s ability to handle the increased demand, resulting in long lines, misplaced luggage, and flight delays. Strikes by airport staff have also affected other European airports and airlines, further exacerbating the challenges faced by the industry.