Nearly 100 passengers left stranded at Tirana’s International Airport, waiting for flights to resume

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Over 100 citizens are stranded outside the “Mother Teresa” airport unable to travel following the decision of the air traffic controllers to go on a strike on Wednesday.

With bags and suitcases, they are sitting on the sidewalks while airport staff are handing out water bottles.

Passengers hope that the flights resume as soon as possible.

Euronews Albania’s journalists were at Tirana’s International Airport, where citizens are anxiously waiting for more information on when their flights will resume.

A woman with a small child said she had been waiting at the airport since 4 am.

“We have been here since 4 o’clock in the morning. We were told the flight was at 6:30, they postponed it to 12:30 and now we no longer have any information on when the plane will depart,” she explains.

Meanwhile, a woman who was going to travel to Bergamo in Italy, said that she had booked the ticket since yesterday, but 30 minutes before departure the flight was canceled.

“They took us outside and said we will give you more information, and the information we were told was that the flights were canceled and we will be communicated by the agencies,” another citizen said.

She stressed that they will continue to stay at the airport until they receive accurate information, because her family is waiting for her in Bergamo, where she also risks of losing her job due to the delay.

The Tirana Prosecutor’s Office has launched investigations regarding the organized walkout, which resulted in dozens of canceled flights at the country’s one international airport.

Twenty-four air traffic control employees of ‘Albcontrol’ have been taken to the police station and the Prosecutor’s Office has launched investigations regarding the organized walkout, which resulted in dozens of canceled flights at the country’s one international airport.

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