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Old May 15th, 2010, 09:47 PM
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any more updates on air traffic controllers on 20th (or is it fairly certain flights not affected)? What about taxis? Thanks for all the help
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Old May 16th, 2010, 05:06 AM
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Hi, I have tickets for a ferry on the 20th may 07.30.
Would this definitely not be running due to the strikes? It's with Hellenic Seaways and was confirmed on 13th May!

Any good news would be appreciated! Thanks
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Old May 19th, 2010, 11:31 PM
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Yiassas, do you have any more information about the strike on the 31st May? Will it affect ferries, or just the cruise ship mentioned? And does it affect just Piraeus, or also other ports - in particular, Rafina? We are due to be flying back home from Athens on the 2nd June, and had intended to travel back by ferry to Piraeus, probably from Paros, on the 1st June. When strikes do take place, do things get back to normal straight away after the strike ends? I'm just wondering if we should now make some alternative plans?
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Old May 20th, 2010, 12:40 AM
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Sorry I've been off here this week, very limited internet time, but here's an up date.
Frances, as you need to connect to an International flight on the 2nd (what time of day?), I would check all your options for the 1st, including flights. Bear in mind that the strike of the 31st is from 6am to 6am on the 1st June.
A bit late for those flying today I know, but worth noting in case there are future strike dates when the ATC don't take part. Some of the smaller islands have Telecommunications personel doing the air traffic ccontrol duties & they ARE striking, so although the international flights & the majority of domestic ones are unaffected there are a few that won't operate. See Olympic's list of affected flights for future reference,
http://www.olympicair.com/News.aspx?a_id=1681
There has been no further announcement about the 31st so at the moment I would take the safer assumption that NO ferries will be running & plan accordingly.
To date no further strikes have been announced.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 09:38 AM
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Yiassis,
We are scheduled to travel via ferry to Santorini on 31st. We have been concerned about ferry strikes so we asked our Greek travel agent about this and she has not seen anything regarding this strike. Do you happen to have an official website you can reference for me?
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Old May 21st, 2010, 10:04 AM
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Yiassis,

We are schedule to travel via ferry from Crete to Santorini on June 1 at 9:45 AM. You mentioned that the strike ends at 6 AM on the 1st. Do you think that we will have a problem or is it generally "business as usual" when the strike ends at 6 AM?
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Old May 21st, 2010, 01:05 PM
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jodysterag,
Here's where the announcement was made by the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation,
http://www.pno.gr/dt/13-5-2010.pdf
It's all in Greek so you will have to use Google translate or similiar. The first bit is about the strike that was on the 20th, further down is the reference to the 31st. I can't get detail as to just how widespread this strike will be at the moment, maybe nearer the date.

amoore,
It's difficult to be absolutely sure about ferries the next day, I would think the ones that are a daily run are the ones most likely to be back on track the quickest as the ferries should be in the right port to continue as normal. As the Crete to Santorini isn't in or out of Piraeus it might be worth contacting to see if that will run as normal.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 05:14 AM
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Thank you so much, yiassas. I will contact our travel agent.
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