Air Traffic Controllers Back to Work at Peru’s Airports

Peru’s air traffic controllers were back on the job Friday evening, following their union’s decision to lift the 72-hour strike only 24 hours after it began.

The head of the controllers union, Alberto Pimentel, said their decision was made to avoid the increasing backup of flights over the Christmas holidays, and agreed to wait until Monday to resume negotiations on salaries and benefits with the airport authority, Corpac, and the state business finance fund, Fonafe.

One of the agreements reached Friday afternoon was Corpac’s acceptance to cancel its decision to fire several controllers involved in a strike earlier this month.  There are 120 air traffic controllers for Lima’s international Jorge Chavez airport, and another 60 controllers for domestic airports nationwide.

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