European air-traffic control strike hits travel

Two days of flight cancellations are already beginning



Axed flights and long delays will hit thousands of passengers over the next two days as a strike by air-traffic controllers in Europe takes hold.

A “consolidated day of action” takes place today, but the strikes are likely to be worse in some countries than in others. Controllers to Italy will strike for four hours during the afternoon, while in Portugal there are two separate strikes – at breakfast time and in the mid-afternoon. French controllers will strike on Thursday.

Airlines cancelled flights even before the action began. British Airways, for example, has axed eight flights on Wednesday between London and Milan and six between London and Rome. It is also putting bigger planes on other routes not directly affected.

The Independent

[photo courtesy Milan Malpensa Airport]