By Chris Bradley
A 48 hour strike in Greece of all workers in protest to the government’s austerity measures is causing travel disruption in the country, especially in the capital. Although strike action is intermittent it has been causing delays and cancellations to flights with some airports closing. Some ferry services has stopped and Pirarius Port in Athens was closed. Trains and bus companies were also running minimal or no services.
There are many protests taking place on the streets as well and so holiday makers may also see evidence of this while they are staying in the country. On Tuesday thousands of Greeks marched in Athens to the parliament building. There has been some reported violence as well and so it is best to avoid any gatherings of crowds. It is possible that there may be more group protests before the end of the strike.
The strike should be finished by the end of Thursday and so by the weekend, the public transport system should be back on track. However, it is always worth checking the website of your tour operator for updates, just in case your flights or any other part of your travel itinerary has been affected by the protests and strike action. It is not easy to predict what might happen in the future here. The problem will not be resolved by the weekend and so there may possibly be more protests and possibly future strikes as well. It is worth keeping an eye on the news and keeping in communication with your travel agent if you have any concerns.