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Warsaw, Chopin Airport - Delayed arrival and departure on Saturday 9 April 2022. Conflict in Bansa

Warsaw, Chopin Airport – Delayed arrival and departure on Saturday 9 April 2022. Conflict in Bansa

Several flights were delayed at Warsaw Chopin Airport on Saturday. – We ask passengers to check the information on the screens on an ongoing basis – says a spokeswoman for the capital’s airport. In turn, the Civil Aviation Authority warns that “in the coming days there may be irregularities in air traffic over Poland, including flight delays and cancellations.” Earlier, we reported on the conflict in the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) and the notifications provided by the observers.

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Information available on the website of Warsaw Chopin Airport shows that many flights were delayed on Saturday. The Zurich plane landed with a delay of 25 minutes, and flights from Antalya and Istanbul are scheduled to land 50 and 55 minutes later than the original schedule, respectively.

In addition, on the website flightradar24.com, which tracks aircraft traffic, we can find information that also affects passengers departing from the Polish capital. In some cases, the delays are about a dozen minutes or so compared to the schedule.

Delays at Chopin Airport in Warsaw

The delay at this moment is slight. In an interview with TVN24 Biznes, Peter Rudzki of the Warsaw Airport press office said the airport services are constantly monitoring the situation.

– The possibility of a delay in the implementation of flight operations. We ask passengers to check the information on the screens on an ongoing basis. If there is no other information from the carrier, passengers must arrive at the airport on time. Anna Dermont, Director of PPL’s ​​Office of Marketing and Public Relations and spokesperson for Chopin Airport, added, We apologize for any inconvenience, regardless of the airport operator.

“We would like to inform you that in the coming days there may be irregularities in air traffic over Poland, including flight delays and cancellations. We recommend passengers to be prepared for possible delays and cancellations of flights and to consult with air carriers on an ongoing basis about the status of a particular flight “- she informed The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in a letter posted on its website.

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The ULC informed that the office has a helpline of the Passenger Rights Protection Commission, where you can obtain information about the obligations of the carrier in the event of a flight cancellation or delay and the rights of passengers. The hotline is open on weekdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Eurocontrol, which shows delays in air traffic over Europe, shows that delays in the coming hours can be up to 30 minutes.

Eurocontrol, the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation, is an intergovernmental organization with 41 member states, including all of the European Union. Responsible for the safety of air navigation.

PANSA on traffic controllers

The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (Pansa) announced, Friday evening, that it “is currently facing the challenge of increasing the number of absences of air traffic controllers due to, among other things, sick leave, notices of instability, etc., and therefore, delays in movement Air”. The press release added that the agency “is taking the necessary measures to ensure the review staff and the stability of the situation in the coming days.”

He also stated that “negotiations between the management of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency and the Board of Directors of the Union of Air Traffic Controllers are ongoing and will continue tomorrow, Monday.” “In addition, during the talks, the social side reported on new issues that go beyond the agreed scope” – it was announced in the statement.

The conflict in the penny

Tvn24.pl has been describing the conflict in Bansa for several months. In the second half of January this year. The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency has announced that it is in the process of implementing new rewards regulations. It’s part of the agency’s modernization plan. As reported by PANSA at the time, these regulations were developed jointly with the social aspect and approved by the Minister of Infrastructure. According to PANSA, it compensates for the “disproportion in earnings for operational services employees that has grown over the years and introduces a system of employee motivation and incentives.”

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The agency stated that nearly three-quarters of its employees, including observers working in regional bodies, and most of the operational and technical services, have adopted the new terms and are working under the new rules. Under the new pay regulations, air traffic controllers can earn up to 45,000 PLN per month, including resources from the bonus fund. Furthermore, each of the Agency’s employees may receive an additional bonus for working on development projects implemented by PANSA.

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However, the conflict concerns not only the issue of wages, but also the issue of security in the skies of Poland. Maciej Sosnowski, President of the Union of Air Traffic Controllers, in an interview with tvn24.pl: – The gradual deterioration of safety will eventually lead to disaster, as two planes collide in our airspace.

His deputy in the union, Andrzej Fenrych, tells him: – Working at PANSA, like this, with such managers is simply dangerous. Even if it rains gold on us and nothing else changes, we won’t go back to work.

This is confirmed by the results of the Office of Financial Supervision. “The Supreme Audit Office has a negative opinion about the activities of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency in each of the analyzed regions,” we read in the document received by tvn24.pl. The Supreme Audit Office considers that “the state of tension within the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency may lead to a lower level of air traffic safety.” The agency’s inspectors note that “auditors reported feeling overburdened” and that “auditors (…) also encountered confusion.”

On Thursday, March 31, 44 people bid farewell to work at a pence. At the end of April, the notice periods for another 136 people will expire. If they go too far, out of the 216 zones and zoom controllers that work so far, there will be 36, just one in six.

Change the president in pence

On March 31, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, at the request of the Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk, appointed Anita Oleksiak to the post of head of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency. Oleksiak replaced Janusz Janiszewski, President of PANSA, in this position.

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The air traffic controllers union assessed that the change in the position of the person who runs the agency is “undoubtedly a step in the right direction.”

“The union hopes that the new president will get acquainted with the latest assessment of the situation by Eurocontrol, but also with our analyzes of the situation in which the Agency has found itself, as a result of poor management – unprecedented, in its long history and we will jointly develop a program to restore safety to the Poles. We are open to talks and offer Recommended solutions to restore the proper functioning of the enterprise, and we will rebuild the work spirit of the monitors that was recently damaged.

In recent days, talks are taking place between the management of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency and the union of air traffic controllers about the terms of the bonuses. “So far, during the talks, safety issues were widely discussed, which is a priority for both parties. In addition, during the talks, more issues were reported outside the scope agreed upon by the social side” – reported Pansa on Friday, adding That and that talks will continue on Monday.

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runway renovation

Delays in take-off and landing at Chopin Airport may increase on Saturday. The State Corporation “Polish Airports” informed that from April 9 to 29, 2022, routine maintenance work was planned on runway No. 3 (15-33), which serves flights in the directions Piačino – Italy, Ochota and Bemo.

This will require the transfer of take-offs and landings to the second runway (11-29), the so-called “one” (Ursynów – Ursus direction).

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