Air traffic control staff shortage delays flights in Warsaw

Since last weekend, there have been delays in take-offs and landings at the airport. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

Poland's Civil Aviation Authority (ULC) has posted on its website a warning of possible flight delays and cancellations at Warsaw's airport due to a protest and some flight controllers quitting their jobs.

Since last weekend, there have been delays in take-offs and landings at the airport.

A spokesperson for the airport, Anna Dermont, has told PAP that the situation was the result of shortages in the control tower's staff.

The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PAZP) said that many of the employees had been on sick leave or otherwise indisposed, and that it would take necessary action to ensure the workflow and to stabilise the situation.

The protest of air traffic controllers at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin Airport is in reaction to the new remuneration system. Of 208 flight controllers working in Warsaw, 170 did not accept working conditions with a lower salary and are threatening to quit in April.

Meanwhile, a new head of PAZP was appointed on March 31 and negotiations between the agency and the Air Traffic Controllers' Trade Union are continuing.