Foreign Office issues Greece warning

by Ella FAIRCHILD on May 7, 2010

The Foreign Office has issued warnings for Britons planning on heading to Greece for a holiday. According to the government organisation, holidaymakers should be prepared for disruptions due to further strikes this month in the capital. Thousands of Greeks took to the streets to protest proposed Government austerity cuts as well as tax increases.

Although a 48-hour workers’ strike - which included air traffic controllers - ended last night, more disruptions are anticipated. The disruption, however, had less of an impact than originally forecasted. British Airways reported minor disruptions to services, despite warnings from the Foreign Office that flights may be inhibited from entering Greek airspace for at least 24 hours.

According to a BA spokesman, all flight services were able to operate as normal. Thomson, however, experienced severe delays on Tuesday and Wednesday for all departing flights, but said that none had to be cancelled altogether. Minor delays were seen by flights arriving into Athens International Airport today.

Inside the city there have been reports of public transport closures, and many of the most popular tourist attractions, such as the Acropolis, had to be shut down during protests. Thomson said that the delays and closures had not seemed to inhibit enthusiastic tourists.

The spokeswoman for Thomson said that no customers had reported issues while touring Greece. She indicated that the majority of tourists stayed at resorts where unrest was unlikely to affect a holiday. Tour companies are saying that unless the Foreign Office issues a warning against all travel to Greece, holidaymakers hoping to cancel or reschedule would have to make arrangements at their own expense.

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