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Strike continues at Budapest Ferihegy airport

Employees at Budapest Ferihegy International Airport continued to strike for a third day on Friday, causing more delays and cancellations.


German airline Lufthansa had already cancelled one of its flights early on Friday, while Hungarian airline Malév announced on Thursday that it would cancel six flights on Friday.

Spokesman Domokos Szollár of Ferihegy airport operator Budapest Airport (BA) told MTI that the 21 scheduled arrivals to Ferihegy on Friday morning should come in on time, though there could be significant delays in the takeoff of the 22 scheduled departures on Friday morning. Szollár noted that the BA website will publish information regarding Friday-morning Ferihegy flights and expected delays at 8:30 a.m.

Unions representing workers at Ferihegy reported that employee support for the strike remained high on Friday. RDSZSZ union representative Zoltán Kovács told MTI that the unions would not suspend the strike, though they are prepared return to the negotiating table. Unions representing Ferihegy employees are demanding that BA discontinue its restructuring program, preserve its workforce at present strength and sign a new collective contract.

BA says it will hold further talks with unions only if they call an end to the strike. (MTI-Eco)