Labor Dispute Causes Flight Disruptions At Ben Gurion

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) —

Sanctions by the Israel Airport Authority (IAA) workers’ committee resulted in the cancellation of one international flight and the delay of another at Ben Gurion airport as of Thursday afternoon, Globes reported.

The union blamed delays on manpower shortages. IAA management is referring to them as “disruptions.”

The workers’ committee says a heavy workload has been caused by a shortage of 150 workers.

Recently, there were disruptions due to a shortage of manpower at security checkpoints. The workers claimed that airport management did not assign suffucient personnel for efficient implementation of the new Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) system.

This led to an IAA labor dispute declared in May, which was suspended after the Regional Labor Court called upon both sides to conduct intensive negotiations on the matter.

IAA workers’ committee spokeswoman Gali Gabbai said: “The minor delays at Ben Gurion International Airport are caused by the high volume of passengers, and a shortage in manpower.”

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