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Further strikes to hit Hungary's main airport

Budapest Airport Thursday warned passengers to expect delays until Saturday after ground services staff announced their third strike in just over a week.

The air workers union Air Travel Workers Independent (LDFSZ) said that employees of ground services firm Celebi would strike from 2.30 p.m. (12:30 GMT) Thursday until the same time on Saturday. Celebi managing director Lóránd Limburger on Thursday said the strike would cause significant delays, though he could not say whether it would be necessary to cancel flights.

Airport spokesman Domokos Szollár said that the strike would affect around 160 flights, although he did not expect cancellations. However, he did advise passengers to bring along carry-on luggage if at all possible. The affected flights include ones operated by Alitalia, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Luxair, Swiss, Travel Service, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Wizzair, Germanwings, easyJet,, Norwegian Air, Smart Wings and Sterling.

Flights operated by Hungarian airline Malév and budget carrier SkyEurope are expected to be unaffected by the action, as they have their own ground handling services. Celebi staff caused delays last Friday and Saturday during a 24-hour strike aimed at forcing management to up a pay increase from 4% to 10%. (