A strike at Geneva airport disrupted the travel of thousands of passengers on Friday, raising fears that protests and labor shortages could cause further chaos in Europe, Bloomberg writes.
The strike halted all flights between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., affecting around 8,000 passengers, airport officials said.
Airport workers are protesting a new pay policy approved by the airport’s board on Thursday. Bordering France, Geneva Airport is a hub for international travel and an important base for airlines such as EasyJet Plc, Air France-KLM and Deutsche Lufthansa AG Swiss International.
“This year’s strikes create special challenges for Swiss and its staff. Never before has our company had to cancel so many flights in Europe due to a strike,” Swiss International said.
This year, Geneva and other European airports have been hit by protests from many French air traffic controllers. They hit three small French airports on Thursday, forcing Ryanair Holdings Plc to cancel all flights from its main Paris Beauvais airport.