Tuesday, February 20

Flight cancellations and delays due to staff strike at Italian airports

In Italy, more than a thousand flights -departure or arrival- scheduled for this Friday have been canceled, while many others will suffer delays due to the national strike called by personnel working in air traffic control and assistance services on the ground at airports to demand better working conditions.

The ITA airline has canceled some 200 national and international flights, as well as another 600 with Ryanair leaving or arriving in Italy, due to the strike called by the Italian unions in the framework of the current conflict over wages, working conditions and employment contracts.

“The 24-hour national strike of all ENAV (National Flight Assistance Entity) personnel has been confirmed,” the Filt-Cgil, Fit-Cisl and Uiltrasporti unions announced on Thursday, asking “apologies” to the passengers affected by the strikes. inconvenience derived from a strike that they described as “essential” in a statement.

“We have been waiting for too long for concrete answers on the application and evolution of the industrial plan, the adjustment of the workforce, the organization of work shifts and the definition of the calendar and the content of the contract renewal. For this reason we will continue to carry out our claims also with other protest actions if necessary”, they added.

The strike will affect more than 11,000 Ryanair customers, who “have been notified and informed of their options”, according to the company, one of the most affected, along with ITA, although it is also expected to affect others such as Vueling or EasyJet.

The Italian civil aviation authority (ENAC) advises passengers planning to fly this Friday to check the status of their flights before traveling to the airport and reminds travelers that flights are guaranteed from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (5:00-8:00 GMT ) and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. GMT) during the strike.