Albanian Troops Control Key Strike-hit Airport
Umer Jamshaid 7 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 06:29 PM
Albanian troops remained in control of Tirana's airport Thursday after some 20 air traffic controllers were arrested over a strike that has held up coronavirus vaccine supplies
Tirana, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :Albanian troops remained in control of Tirana's airport Thursday after some 20 air traffic controllers were arrested over a strike that has held up coronavirus vaccine supplies.
Balkan nation deployed soldiers late Wednesday to ensure control of the airport, which is of "particular importance for national security", Infrastructure Minister Belinda Balluku said.
The air traffic controllers' strike forced the cancellation of all flights on Wednesday and early Thursday, including a plane carrying Covid-19 vaccines to what is also known as Rinas international airport.
Police said around 20 controllers were arrested Wednesday in connection with the walkout.
The Tirana prosecutor's office said it had opened an investigation for "abuse of power" against those responsible for the strike.
They could face up to seven years in prison if tried and found guilty.
"No one can hold the country hostage," she warned.
He also said that those determined to continue the strike would not be able to return to work.
They could be replaced with foreign staff, Defence Minister Niko Peleshi said Thursday.