Dozens of flights have been cancelled to and from Italy on Wednesday, as Italian air traffic controllers continue to strike.
Some airlines will be affected throughout the day, following air travel disruption caused earlier by union strikes.
Italian unions Filt (Italian Federation of Transport Workers) and Uiltrasporti (Italian Union of Transport Workers) had called a nation-wide cabin crew strike.
It saw pilots and flight attendants of low-cost airlines Volotea, EasyJet and Ryanair (including sister airlines Malta Air and Crewlink) stage a walkout from 10am to 2pm.
WizzAir, meanwhile, has cancelled all flights to/from Linate and Malpensa airports due to the air traffic control strike – this is currently for the hours 10am – 6pm.
Flights to and from the international airports of Venice, Treviso, Bologna and Pisa will remain operational.
Some airports have reported their own strike times, such as Milan Bergamo airport, who advise passengers that flights will be affected from 10am to 6pm.
Meanwhile, ITA airways has reported flight disruption of 24 hours due to air traffic controllers’ strikes.
“The industrial action could affect the schedule of ITA Airways flights on June 8th. The airline was therefore forced to cancel several domestic and international flights scheduled for June 8th,” it said in a statement.
You can find a list of their cancelled flights here.
British Airways has also experienced flight cancellations, with passengers taking to Twitter to express their concern for travel plans.
Due to fly with British Airways twice tomorrow, nervous does not cover it, I have never been so anxious on wither our holiday will actually go ahead in under 24hrs
— Gillon Johnstone 🏴🇺🇦 (@Scouriebeast) June 8, 2022
Ryanair advised passengers in a statement that, “Due to the air traffic controllers’ strike at the airports of Milan Bergamo, Milan Malpensa, Turin, Genoa, Cuneo, Verona and Parma, we have been forced to cancel some flights on Wednesday 8 June.”
“Affected customers will be notified by e-mail/SMS; however, we invite all passengers who have to travel to/from Italy on Wednesday 8 June to check the status of their flight on the Ryanair app before going to the airport,” it added.
For Ryanair, reasons for strike action include “the failed revision of minimum salary agreements… arbitrary wage cuts, the company’s refusal to grant minimum annual leave over the summer and the lack of food and water for cabin personnel”.
EasyJet and Volotea staff are striking for similar reasons, with the former protesting against the “crushing of workers’ rights that has recently culminated with a series of unjustified layoffs” and the latter opposing “unacceptable salary cut requests”.
EasyJet informed passengers of the walkout earlier today, between 10am and 2pm, on its website.
“Like all airlines operating to and from Italy, we may see some disruption to our flying programme on this date. We advise customers travelling to or from Italy on Wednesday 8th June to allow additional time to travel to and from the airport and please continue to check flight tracker for further updates,” it said in a statement.
The airline said it’s “working to minimise the impact to flights, however on the day there may be delays and disruption caused by this strike.”
It added that any strike action is “outside of (their) control”, but that they are doing “all they can” to minimise disruption to affected flights.
In a joint statement released on Monday by the Italian unions, Filt and Uiltrasporti said that the strike had been organised in response to the “impossibility to have an open discussion about the issues that have afflicted cabin crew members for months on end now”.
Both Filt and Uiltrasporti have already warned that “in the absence of concrete signs (of improvement), the strike will only be the first in a long series of staged actions which will run through the entire summer”.
It is likely that a number of scheduled flights heading into or out of the country may be significantly delayed or even cancelled.
For those intending to travel with any of the above-mentioned carriers throughout Wednesday, travellers are advised to contact their airline for updates.
In the event of delays and/or cancellations, the rights of all passengers are protected by EU regulation EC 261. This applies to any air passenger flying within the EU/Schengen zone, arriving in the EU/Schengen zone from a non-EU country by means of a EU-based airline (all airlines involved in tomorrow’s strike are EU-based) or departing from the EU/Schengen zone.
It holds airlines financially accountable for any flight disruptions that they are responsible for. That includes disruptions caused by airline staff strikes, such as pilots, cabin crew, airline engineers and any other employee working directly for the company.
Should your flight be significantly delayed or cancelled, you might be entitled to receive compensation from your airline.
Please note, The Local cannot advise on specific cases. For further information on what you might be entitled to and in which cases, check our guide here.
You can also find information provided by claims management company AirHelp: