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Overtime Ban Disrupts Flights at KEF Airport

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Overtime Ban Disrupts Flights at KEF Airport

Keflavik International Airport

Keflavík International Airport. Photo: Zoë Robert.

Keflavík Airport was closed for passenger flight overnight due to an overtime ban of air traffic controllers, RÚV reports. Guðni Sigurðursson, a spokesman for Isavia, says every effort is being made to keep things running smoothly at the airport. The overtime ban has been in effect since April 6, according to Vísir.

The air traffic controllers supposed to be on call overnight called in sick around 2:30 pm yesterday. Because of the overtime ban, they could not be replaced. Thus, all international flights to and from the airport were postponed, canceled or diverted elsewhere between 9 o’clock last night and 7 this morning. Two Air Berlin flights were canceled, and one Icelandair plane was redirected to Reykjavík Airport. Altogether, 24 scheduled flights were affected by the overtime ban, Vísir reports.

This morning, flights arrived at short intervals between 7 and 10 am. Guðni states that additional employees were called to the airport to help out.

No progress has been reported in negotiations between air traffic controllers and Isavia, the company that operates the airport.

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