About 1,000 flights affected in Italy by the strike of pilots and ground staff


The strike of ground crews, pilots and controllers, which takes place this Saturday in Italy between 10:00 local time (8:00 GMT) and 6:00 p.m. (16:00 GMT), caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights and affected 240,000 people, But it went smoothly after most passengers were told to reschedule their trips.

According to the Italian media, at the end of the 8-hour strike, nearly a thousand flights were canceled at all Italian airports, about 150 between arrivals and departures at Malpensa and Linate airports in Milan (north) out of a total of 800 scheduled. , while there were also another 150 cancellations at Fiumicino airport, in Rome, one of the most affected.

At the Naples airport, 118 flights were cancelled: 59 arrivals and 59 departures, out of a total of 284 initially planned flights, indicated Gesac, the airport management company, while in Sardinia there were 50 trips, another 100 between Palermo and Catania , 30 in Turin and a hundred in Venice.

However, even though the adherence to the strike was very high and the numerous cancellations, there were no scenes of chaos at the airports and the day passed relatively calmly since the companies had given prior notice of the strike, which was called in June, and passengers were able to relocate on the first useful flights and on some cases with larger aircraft.

The National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) has informed on its website of the list of guaranteed flights during the national strikes tomorrow. The strike is caused by the lack of renewal of the collective contract, expired six years ago, and for which they demand better wages and working conditions.

Specifically, the Malta Air pilots, subscribed to Filt Cgil, Uiltrasporti and Ugl Trasporto Aereo explain that the conditions offered are “unsatisfactory and disrespectful” with the professionalism and contribution of the flight crew”.

Ryanair has regretted to inform its customers that “flight cancellations and disruptions are expected to and from Italy this Saturday. “Affected customers will be notified via email, SMS and push notification and informed of their options as soon as possible,” he added.

In addition, Vueling’s protest, proclaimed by Filt CGIL and which includes pilots and flight attendants, is due to the lack of will of the company to have “healthy and constructive” labor relations with the union organization.

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