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Greek air-traffic controllers request more resources

Greece’s air-traffic controllers on Wednesday asked to be given more resources, noting that the number of flights they deal with on average has increased by 112 percent since 2002.

According to officials, each air-traffic controller handled 581 flights in 2002, but this figure rose to 1,232 last year.

In total, 411,000 flights were handled by 707 air-traffic controllers in 2002, but by last year the number of flights had increased to 678,000 and the number of air-traffic controllers had fallen to 550.

The officials stressed the need for Greece to keep updating its radar system, noting that it was installed in 1999 and last upgraded in 2008, as it is estimated that air travel in Greece will increase by 5 percent year-on-year between now and 2022.