CAIRO, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of passengers were stranded in Cairo's international airport due to a strike staged by Egyptair flight attendants on Friday.
The affected passengers include those heading to China, Kuwait and Doha among other destinations. Some of them had been waiting at the airport for up to 12 hours since Thursday night, a passenger told Xinhua.
Demanding the payment of their overdues, the strikers called on more aircrew members to join them and not to serve on flights until their demands are met, official news agency MENA reported.
They said they had made their demands several times to Egyptair and the Civil Aviation Ministry, but no one cares to come to speak to them, MENA said.
Expressing its apologies, Egyptair decided to suspend all its international flights from 4:00 a.m. (0200 GMT) to 4:00 p.m. (1400 GMT) Friday to prevent overcrowding in the international departure terminals.
Domestic flights operated by Egyptair were not affected by the strike.
So far, the strike has showed no sign of an end coming any time soon.