Dispute could ground flights to and from Findel Airport
Flights in and out of Luxembourg could be cancelled from midnight on Tuesday, following a dispute between the Civil Aviation Authority and air traffic controllers.
According to the aviation branch of the OGBL union, director of the Department of Civil Aviation Authority (DAC) Claude Waltzing has written to all air traffic controllers asking for details on the hours they worked from January 2011 up until January 16.
Air traffic controllers who fail to reply to the deman, which was made by registered post, may not have their work licences extended, preventing them from continuing to work.
The OGBL said in a press statement: “The approach taken by the director of the DAC is in flagrant violation of the conclusions reached during last Friday's meeting, which was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Transport and management from the Administration of Air Navigation.
"If the director of the DAC realises this threat, the tower would no longer be operational from midnight on Tuesday. This would mean that no more air could land or take off from Findel from this time.”
The OGBL has criticised the DAC director's action, saying they are detrimental to all airport activities.