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Ferihegy strike continues; more delays, cancellations expected

  A strike by unions at Budapest’s Ferihegy International Airport continued for the second day on Thursday, with more delays and cancellations expected.


Domokos Szollár, the spokesman for airport operator Budapest Airport, said the situation had improved compared to the first day of the strike: some security gates are open, and between three and five could operate until afternoon. National carrier Malév is the only airline to have announced any cancellations, he added.

Malév announced late Wednesday it was canceling 13 flights on Thursday: MA560 Geneva, MA840 Warsaw, MA512 Stuttgart, MA520 Frankfurt, MA486 Ljubljana, MA470 Zagreb, MA210 Tel-Aviv, MA742 Helsinki, MA130 Odessa, MA440 Skopje, MA450 Sarajevo, MA880 Timisoara and MA666 Amsterdam.


Originally, there were to have been 139 arrivals and 125 departures at Ferihegy on Thursday. MTI’s correspondent at the airport said lines were shorter early Thursday morning. Almost 50 flights -- 22 arrivals and 25 departures -- were cancelled because of a strike at Ferihegy on Wednesday. The flow of passengers to boarding gates was effectively halted after security staff walked off the job at 7:00am to join a strike that started an hour earlier. Later, however, some security gates were opened again, allowing passengers to board aircraft. (MTI-Eco)