500 flights axed in Italy by 4-hour airline strikes – The Journal

Several hundred flights were canceled in Italy on a peak holiday day due to a four-hour strike involving low-cost airlines and air traffic controllers

ROME (AP) — Several hundred flights were canceled in Italy on Sunday, a peak holiday day, due to four-hour walkouts involving low-cost airline workers as well as air traffic controllers.

A union official, Fabrizio Cuscito, told Italian public television that some 500 flights had been cut. Airline workers are seeking better wages as well as better working conditions, including meals over extended periods, he said.

Italy’s transport ministry said the strikes were called by workers at airlines Ryanair, easyJet and Volotea. This strike began at 2:00 p.m. (12:00 GMT), while the walkout of air traffic controllers, which also lasted four hours, began an hour earlier.

Compared to airports in other Western European countries, Italian airports have experienced less chaos this summer. This is largely because when the COVID-19 pandemic crippled travel, many airline and airport workers in Italy received government benefits while not working, instead of losing their jobs. , as frequently happened in other countries.

When travel demand spiked this summer, many airlines and airports couldn’t hire enough workers fast enough to serve customers.

Passengers check flight schedules at Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport in Rome, Sunday, July 17, 2022. Several hundred flights were canceled in Italy on Sunday, a peak holiday day, due to four-hour walkouts involving also employees of low-cost airlines as air traffic controllers. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Passengers check flight schedules at Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport in Rome, Sunday, July 17, 2022. Several hundred flights were canceled in Italy on Sunday, a peak holiday day, due to four-hour walkouts involving also employees of low-cost airlines as air traffic controllers. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

A screen displaying canceled flights is seen at Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport in Rome, Sunday, July 17, 2022. Several hundred flights were canceled in Italy on Sunday, a peak holiday day, due to four-hour walkouts involving employees of low-cost airlines as well as air traffic controllers. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Passengers line up at check-in counters at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, Sunday, July 17, 2022. Several hundred flights were canceled in Italy on Sunday, a peak holiday day, due to walkouts from four hours involving employees of low-cost airlines as well as air traffic controllers. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Passengers check flight schedules at Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport in Rome, Sunday, July 17, 2022. Several hundred flights were canceled in Italy on Sunday, a peak holiday day, due to four-hour walkouts involving also employees of low-cost airlines as air traffic controllers. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Passengers sleep next to their luggage at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, Sunday, July 17, 2022. Several hundred flights were canceled in Italy on Sunday, a peak holiday day, due to four-hour walkouts involving employees of low-cost airlines as well as air traffic controllers. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Passengers rest next to their luggage at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, Sunday, July 17, 2022. Several hundred flights were canceled in Italy on Sunday, a peak holiday day, due to walkouts of four hours involving employees of budget airlines as well as air traffic controllers. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Passengers line up at check-in counters at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, Sunday, July 17, 2022. Several hundred flights were canceled in Italy on Sunday, a peak holiday day, due to walkouts from four hours involving employees of low-cost airlines as well as air traffic controllers. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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