Poland accepts work requests from air traffic controllers


FILE – In this June 24, 2011 file photo, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner standing next to a Polish Airlines LOT aircraft at Frederic Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland. Polish air transport authorities are warning travelers of possible flight delays and cancellations at Warsaw airport due to a protest and the resignation of some flight controllers.Alik Keplicz

WARSAW (AP) — Poland’s air navigation agency said Wednesday it had agreed to implement all demands of the country’s air traffic controllers’ union, preventing mass flight cancellations in the coming days.

The Polish government earlier this week announced plans to drastically reduce flights at Warsaw’s two airports from Sunday if talks with air traffic controllers demanding better working conditions fail.

The majority of air traffic controllers in Warsaw threatened to quit their jobs on May 1 after a long dispute with the Polish Air Navigation Authority over the authority’s working hours, wages and financial transparency.

The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency announced on Wednesday evening that it had “accepted and agreed to implement all demands” from the air traffic controllers’ union, Polish news agency PAP reported.

The labor dispute began about two years ago with the appointment of a Polish right-wing government loyalist to head PANSA. Janusz Janiszewski has increased working hours and cut salaries for air traffic controllers, arguing that traffic was much reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While some controllers quit and some flights were delayed at Warsaw airports, Janiszewski was fired on March 31. A state audit body found problems with its management, Polish media reported.

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