There will be no metro, tram or trolley services in the Greek capital on Thursday, as public transport employees are taking part in a 24-hour strike declared by the civil servants’ union ADEDY and the Athens Labor Union to protest a new labor bill presented by the government which they say will jeopardize the eight-hour workday.


Public transport employees are taking part in the annual strike declared by the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) for the celebration of Labor Day on 4 May and of the Athens Labor Union on Thursday 6.

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Traffic in wider Athens jumped by an average of 89% in the run-up to Orthodox Easter last week on 12 main roads of Attica, compared to the corresponding period last year, according to new data recorded by the region’s Traffic Management Center.

American Airlines Vice President of sales and distribution in EMEA, Tom Lattig,

Customers of American Airlines are saying that they are looking forward to a holiday, as well as a reunion with friends and relatives in Greece and the United States, the American Airlines vice president of sales and distribution in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Tom Lattig, tells Kathimerini in an interview.

A United Airlines passenger jet takes off from Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey. United is launching a daily service between New York and Athens on June 3, and another between Washington and Athens from July 1. [Reuters]

The American market is proving to be the biggest gambit of the year for Greece’s holiday season. Despite advice released from the State Department this week that Americans should avoid traveling to Greece due to the difficult epidemiological situation this summer the major US carriers have scheduled the highest number of direct flights to Athens in many years.


The US market is the biggest challenge for Greek tourism this summer, following the European Commission’s nod to allow vaccinated Americans to visit the European Union.


Police activated a plan of intensive controls on Friday, aiming to limit travel between regions in view of Easter week and to prevent a mass exodus from major urban centers – and especially from Attica to various provincial destinations.


A 70-year-old woman died on Friday after falling from the platform at Panormou metro station in Athens onto rail tracks as a train passed through.