The organization representing air traffic controllers in West and Central Africa announced on Saturday that a 48-hour strike had been called off. The strike, which began on Friday, has caused flight disruptions around the area, leaving hundreds of people stuck at airports. The wildcat strike was initiated by the Union of Air Traffic Controllers’ Unions (USYCAA), which promptly delayed its strike notice for ten days to allow for discussions.
According to the union, about 700 air traffic controllers went on strike to seek improved working and wage conditions. A group of students from Brazzaville reported they were stranded at Dakar’s airport because they couldn’t afford the flight. Airport operations have nearly ceased as officials attempt to maintain control towers operating for select aircraft. On Saturday morning, hundreds of travellers were stuck at Cameroon’s Douala International Airport.
The airport departure board in Senegal displayed flight cancellations for Brussels Airlines, Kenyan Airways, and Emirates. In Ivory Coast, eight planes planned to depart Abidjan’s commercial center on Saturday were canceled. “The flight was announced as scheduled, but we were just informed that it has been canceled,” one of the passengers, Maxine Compaore, said.