Senegal: New airport's air traffic controllers on strike
Traffic at Senegal’s newly-inaugurated Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) has been paralyzed since Thursday night, due to a strike by air traffic controllers which is preventing the operations of commercial aircraft, APA can report on Friday.
The strike by staff of the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) means that only special flights are operating such as the presidential plane, medical flights and military flights.
The strikers are demanding “higher-quality staff houses and higher-standard salaries,” according to trade union sources.
APA visited AIDB and noticed a crowd of passengers stranded in the huge airport departure lounge.
“We should be travelling to Paris aboard Corsair this morning, but were disembarked shortly before take-off around 3 am,” one Alberto told APA, adding that passengers had to sleep at the airport.
Meanwhile, passengers who were not been informed of the strike were seen wandering and looking disoriented at the airport, as they could not find interlocutors at the airport airline offices.
Ethiopian Airlines was scheduled to leave Dakar airport Friday morning, but diverted flights to Bamako since yesterday, to avoid being stranded at AIBD.