Strike closes Sharm el-Sheikh Airport's Terminal 2

Strike closes Sharm el-Sheikh Airport's Terminal 2

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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 22:38

Employees of the Egyptian airports company closed Terminal 2 in Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport on Monday, demanding higher salaries and purging the company of corruption.

Airport sources said arrivals were transferred to Terminal 1, which was congested with 100 arriving flights. State-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported that dozens went on strike, but did not give exact figures.

The paper quoted Wael al-Maadawy, chairperson and CEO of the Egyptian Holding Company for Airport and Air Navigation, as saying that he would hold discussions with the striking workers over their demands to reach a settlement that would please all parties, and persuade the employees to resume work.

Though Egypt is renowned for pharaonic antiquities, its Red Sea beaches in particular draw many tourists. The Sinai resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh is a  main destination for beach tourism.

Edited translation from MENA