Cairo airport protest leaves thousands stranded

October 6, 2011 15:44


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CAIRO - A go-slow protest by air traffic controllers at Cairo airport grounded four fifths of flights from the major regional hub and left as many as 3,000 travelers stranded, airport staff said on Thursday.

Egypt's state news agency MENA reported that the protest had ended at midnight on Wednesday, four hours after it began.

But by late morning on Thursday, only 20 of the 100 planes that had been due to take off in the previous 10 hours had left, airport officials said. State carrier Egyptair saw 80 of its flights canceled.

Local media said the go-slow was called after a pay increase for Cairo's 700 air traffic controllers was canceled when other staff protested at the pay rise.

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