Double strike at Italian airports. On 17 July, air traffic controllers and ground staff temporarily stopped working. In addition, cabin crew and pilots of various low-cost airlines are on strike.
The strike is scheduled for 2pm to 6pm.
- The airports affected are Milan, Rome, Brindisi, Padua, Bologna, Lamezia Terme, Naples, Perugia, Pescara, Brindisi, Ciampino and Turin Caselle.
- Strike Ryanair, Easyjet, Malta Air and Volotea and CrewLink (the company provides cabin crew for low-cost airlines).
- Ministry of Transport: Flights between 7am and 10am, 6pm and 9pm will take place on Sunday.
The situation at European airports is at maximum tension this summer due to staff shortages in check-in and security control. In Italy, more than 7000 flights had to be cancelled in recent weeks. Despite this, wages have been cut and jobs eliminated.
On Sunday, those affected are protesting against shift work overload, staffing problems and flight schedule chaos. According to the Italian Ministry of Transport, flights between 7am and 10am and 6pm and 9pm will take place as planned on Sunday.
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According to Italian strike law, a minimum amount of work must be done even during strike periods. Air traffic in Italy will not come to a complete standstill. However, flight cancellations and delays must be expected.
At the flight control centres in Milan, Rome, Brindisi and Padua and at the airports in Bologna, Lamezia Terme, Naples, Perugia, Pescara, Brindisi, Ciampino and Turin Caselle nothing goes on Sunday between 2 and 6 p.m., according to the ENAV union. This is when the unionised air traffic controllers and ground staff are on strike.
Following a call by the unions "FILT CGIL" and "Uiltrasporti", pilots and flight attendants of low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Malta Air, CrewLink and Volotea will also go on strike on Sunday. The action is to take place nationwide.
Already in June, airport employees had stopped work twice - without achieving any improvements in the working situation.
Advice to travellers
Keep your nerve: Be prepared that everything will take a few hours longer. Check online in advance whether your flight will take place at all. For organisational reasons, there may also be delays before and after the strike period. If you want to travel with less headache and have a flexible ticket - rebook...
P.S. By the way, train fares in Italy have dropped by more than 10 per cent this year.
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Sources: UILTRATRSPORTI (uiltrasporti.it); FILT CGIL (filtcgil.it); ENAV (enav.it).
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