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MIPCOM travelers can breathe a sigh of relief, as a European air traffic controller strike planned for October 10 has been called off.
In a committee meeting today (October 4), the Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC) decided unanimously to postpone the planned ATCEUC Action Day, and all industrial actions that were scheduled for Thursday, October 10 – the day many delegates are due to travel home from MIPCOM in Cannes.
As first reported in September, the ATCEUC – an umbrella organization of European unions – had been protesting against the European Commission’s move to force member states to make good on their commitment to create a ‘Single European Sky.’
However, the organization said today that it had been “given assurances by the European Commission that together with the [Performance Review Body] they are willing to really discuss the safety issues” around the matter, and as such was postponing planned strike action.
MIPCOM organizer Reed Midem announced earlier this week that it would be operating a ‘travel clinic’ in the MIPCOM registration zone, as of October 8, to provide “travel advice, make new reservations and issue airline tickets if necessary.”