Twenty-four hours. This is the time that will last the strike started on the night of Thursday 14 to Friday 15 December at the new airport Blaise Diagne of Diass, Dakar, inaugurated only on December 7, 2017. The air traffic controllers of the Agency for the safety of the air navigation in Africa and Madagascar (Asecna) protest against their working conditions.
The main demand concerns transportation problems to the new airport located 47 km southeast of Dakar. According to Paul François Gomis, secretary general of the air traffic controllers union in Senegal: “We work under extremely difficult conditions. We do not have enough rest time. With the transfer of the airport to Diass about fifty kilometers, there is a transport problem that arises (…) those who have their cars, take them with all that it implies as extra fuel and toll charges and the others take public transit.
” Traffic has been interrupted at Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) since the evening of Thursday 14 December.