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.