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All flights canceled due to nationwide strikes in Greece


Have a flight in or out of Greece on Wednesday? Nationwide strikes planned for February 10 will include air traffic controllers, and airlines have canceled all flights.

Under normal circumstances, at least one flight per destination is allowed to depart or land during a strike in Greece. This will not be the case on Wednesday, as the Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport and all airports in Greece shut down from 00:00-23:59. As a result, some evening flights on February 9 were rescheduled to arrive or depart earlier.

All affected passengers should have been notified. Anyone who was not should call their airline or travel agent immediately.

*Article updated February 9, 2010

Aegean Airlines

Aegean Airlines has its hub in Athens and must therefore cancel all flights on February 10. It also announced the following changes to flights on February 9 to ensure passengers exit the airport before midnight:

• A3 137 Thessaloniki-Athens, departing at 22:45 instead of 23:20

• A3 136 Athens-Thessaloniki, departing at 22:45 instead of 23.30

• A3 606/607 Athens-London-Athens, departing from Athens at 14:45 instead of 17:20 and departing London at 19:45 instead of 22:20 (local time).

Contact info:

Tel: From within Greece 801 11 20000
Tel: From abroad or mobile + 30 (210) 626-1000


Olympic Air

Olympic Air made its official announcement only in Greek, which is translated to English below. All flights for February 10 are canceled, and changes to flights on February 9 and February 11 are:

Feb 9

• OA 147 Athens-Brussels will depart at 16:00, not 16:30; and Brussels-Athens will depart at 19:10 instead of 19:45.

• OA 245 Athens-Milan-Athens: Departing Athens at 18:00 not 19:20; and departing Milan 20.10 (local time).

• OA 463 & 464 Athens -Beirut- Athens canceled.

• OA 520 & 521 Athens-Heraklion-Athens canceled.

• OA 266 London-Athens, scheduled to depart at 22:15, is canceled since its 4:00 arrival is too late. Passengers on this flight have been rescheduled for February 11 on OA 2260 departing Heathrow at 7:00 (local time) and arriving in Athens at 12:45.

• OA 918 Athens-Thessaloniki will depart at 22.50 instead of 23.30.

Feb 11

A special Thessaloniki-Athens flight OA 2903 will depart at 5:45 and arrive in Athens at 6:30.

Contact info:

Tel: +30 (210) 356-8447 (at Athens International Airport)
Fax: +30 (210) 966-6244

Tel: 801 11 44444 (Sales/reservations, from within Greece)
Tel: +30 (210) 966-6666 (Sales/reservations, from abroad or mobile)


Athens International Airport

Call Center: +30 (210) 353-0000 (Available 24 hours)
Fax: +30 (210) 353-0001



Αλλαγές σε αεροπορικά δρομολόγια λόγω της απεργίας στις 10/02” – Eleftherotypia
Press Announcement 8/2/2010” — Athens International Airport”
“Press Release 8 February 2010″ (article removed) — Aegean Airlines
Ματαίωση και αλλαγή δρομολογίων εξ αιτίας απεργίας των Ελεγκτών Εναέριας Κυκλοφορίας” — Olympic Airlines
Ματαιώνονται όλες οι πτήσεις την Τετάρτη” — Athina 9.84
Ματαιώνονται όλες οι πτήσεις για αύριο” — Eleftherotypia

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Screen capture from Athens International Airport website


  ana wrote @ February 9th, 2010 at 10:58

Thanks so much for the info!

  Darren wrote @ February 9th, 2010 at 16:10


Will this impact on flights due to arrive after midnight? Will a flight due to land at 00:10 on the morning of the 11th be affected? Currently being told possibly by my airline!

Kat Reply:

Hi Darren,

That’s a good question. I’d have to agree with your airline and say ‘possibly.’ I know that it doesn’t reassure you, but things in Greece are unpredictable and these are the conditions under which we live and work most of the time.

The fact your flight is going ahead, means that things may turn out fine. At worst, your airplane will circle the airport until the tower gives permission to land.

On behalf of Greece, I’d like to apologize to you and all travelers.

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