Measures restricting the circulation of vehicles in the centre of Athens will be suspended on Monday, January 15 due to strikes affecting all types of public transport on that day, police announced. In addition, all vehicles will be allowed free access to bus lanes.
Traffic in Athens' city centre on weekdays is normally restricted to cars with either odd or even number plates, depending on the date, which are allowed access to the inner zone or 'daktylios' on alternate days. The measure is designed to reduce the air pollution burden in the city.
Unions of Athens mass transport have called a 24-hour strike for Monday, to protest the omnibus bill expected to be voted in Parliament on the same day.
Members of unions involving the Athens Metro, the urban rail (ISAP), the tram, buses and trolleys are protesting a new provision in the bill calling for a 50% majority vote (50+1) for a strike, as opposed to the current 20%. The unions called on the public to support them "against the government's antipopular policy".
Air traffic controllers will hold a three-hour work stoppage on Monday, resulting in the cancellation of all flights to and from Athens between 12:00 noon and 15:00. In addition, Aegean Air and Olympic Air will change flight departures on 28 international flights and 20 domestic flights.
Passengers should check out the sites www.aegeanair.com (for Aegean Air) and www.olympicair.com (for Olympic Air). Information will also be provided by calling the following:
For Aegean Air, 801 112000 (from a landline), 210 6261000 (from a cellphone).
For Olympic Air, 801 801 0101 (from a landline), 210 3550500 (from a cellphone).
All Hellenic Railways (TrainOSE) and suburban rail (proastiakos) will operate as usual.