Flights cancelled as strike hits Italy today

ATC and other workers take industrial action

Air traffic controllers are planning to strike again today, this time in Italy. October 18 is also the same day as an Italian general strike.

Italian ATC workers say they will take industrial action between 13.00 and 17.00, local time, and airport ground handlers and security staff in Italy are scheduled to join them. There is reported to be a small chance the strike will be averted.

Airlines are urging passengers to check with them before travelling to the airport. Delays may extend into tomorrow as the backlog of flights is handled.

easyjet has “proactively” cancelled 56 flights today due to the strike as the action will also impact all flights that fly in Italian airspace.

“There is a risk of delays and late-notice cancellations depending on the scale of the strike during the afternoon and evening period,” the airline said.

Ryanair is also reported to have axed 56 flights today, while 116 further flights are being rescheduled to take place outside the strike period. However, Norwegian and SAS have not yet announced cancellations.

Pilots and cabin crew at Alitalia CityLiner are also planning a 24-hour strike at Italian airports (excluding Palermo) on the same day. Passengers flying Alitalia are being given the options of rebooking without penalty.

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[photo courtesy Milan Malpensa Airport]