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Written by SOT.COM.AL 8 Prill 2021
In Albania, for the second day in a row, flights at the country's only international airport "Mother Teresa" have remained blocked, as a result of the problematic situation created by the decision of air traffic controllers to cease operations. A detention order was announced for three inspectors today.
Yesterday more than half of the controllers declared "inability to work under stress". The decision followed a nearly year-long dispute with Albcontrol executives about almost halving monthly revenues, following a drop in flight due to the pandemic.
The Ministry of Infrastructure filed a lawsuit on Wednesday afternoon against some of the controllers, considered by it as "organizers of an illegal strike". The Tirana Prosecutor's Office started the first actions last night, and at least 24 inspectors were escorted to the police. While 21 of them were released today, a detention order has been issued for three others on charges of "abuse of duty". The lawyer of the Air Transport Union, Rezart Kthupi said that this is an accusation that can be raised against the employees of the state administration and not of an anonymous company.
On the other hand, the authorities have set in motion to replace the protesting controllers, even with foreigners. During a meeting of the Civil Defense Committee, the Ministry of Infrastructure was asked to “take the necessary measures to make operational air traffic control operational, even replacing, if necessary, the removed controllers with new domestic or foreign controllers. ”. Also, this ministry "was tasked to determine the minimum license criteria according to international standards and any other criteria necessary to start flights as soon as possible", while the Civil Aviation Authority was tasked to take all necessary measures for the gradual resumption of air operation and in case of need,