Flights to and from Greece grounded

Posted in Air Travel News by Hank on the April 3rd, 2009

Flights to and from Greece were grounded for several hours on Thursday, 2nd April due to a one-day nationwide workers’ strike protesting job cuts and low salaries.

Air-traffic controllers left their jobs for four hours, from 12.00-16.00, suspending all but emergency flights. Olympic Airlines cancelled 140 domestic and international flights and rescheduled 10 flights to and from London, Brussels, Paris, New York and Tirana, while their rival Aegean Airlines cancelled 50 domestic flights. In the UK, British Airways cancelled seven flights between Heathrow and Athens, and Gatwick and Thessaloniki. easyJet also had to cancel eight services to Athens and Thessaloniki.

The national strike also affected banks, schools and transport services, and was the second nationwide protest against the conservative government since the police shooting of a teenager in December, which triggered the worst riots in decades.

Lowest rating for Belfast City Airport parking

Posted in Airport News, Airport Parking, Belfast City Airport, Travel by Hank on the April 3rd, 2009

Consumer magazine Which? recently published a survey in which the parking at Belfast City Airport received the lowest rating for parking of any UK airport.

George Best Belfast City Airport, the recipient of a silver medal last year in the final of the UK Airport of the Year category at the British Travel Awards, was the only UK location to receive just one star out of five for its airport parking facilities. Which? indicated that 139 people responded to the survey with regard to Belfast City Airport, and between 20 and 30 people submitted ratings for the car parking. Other categories in the survey included Check-in, Airport Experience, Time and Distance, Food Outlets, Airside Amenities and Return Waiting Times. The airport received an overall score of 55%.

In response to the survey, George Best Belfast City Airport stated it was “constantly striving to exceed the expectations” of their customers, and that they were undertaking a £3.5 million terminal reconfiguration, to include 60% more retail space. The airport spokesperson went on to say, “Our ongoing car park reconfiguration will allow more efficient and comfortable access to our terminal.”

Blackpool Airport came out on top in the survey with an overall score of 80%, with Heathrow’s Terminal 1 finishing last on 31%.