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How will Italian flights be affected by strikes on Saturday?

Staff of low-cost airlines in several European countries have called a 24-hour strike on Saturday, June 25th. Here's what that means for Italy.

How will Italian flights be affected by strikes on Saturday?
Staff of multiple budget airlines, including Ryanair and easyJet, will participate in a 24 hour strike in Italy on Saturday. Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

Travellers to Italy face more disruption to their plans this weekend as the staff of multiple budget airlines have confirmed they will participate in a 24-hour walkout on Saturday.

The move means holidaymakers’ plans could once again be thrown into chaos, following a previous nationwide airline strike held just weeks ago on June 8th.

READ ALSO: Budget airline passengers in Europe face travel headaches as more strikes called

Italy is just one of the many European destinations affected: trade unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in Belgium, France, Portugal and Spain have also called for strikes this coming weekend, while easyJet’s operations in Spain face a nine-day strike next month.

Employees of Ryanair, Malta Air and CrewLink are taking part in the Italian strike, which transport labour unions Filt and Uiltrasporti have confirmed is part of a coordinated Europe-wide mobilisation.

Staff of easyJet and budget airline Volotea are also joining Saturday’s strike in Italy.

The unions are demanding contracts that honour the minimum wage set in a national collective agreement under Italian law, as well as for adequate rest periods and for the airlines to provide crew members with food and water.

READ ALSO: Italian low-cost airline staff to strike on June 25th

Staff of multiple budget airlines, including Ryanair and easyJet, will participate in a 24 hour strike in Italy on Saturday.

Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP.

Ryanair expects the disruption to its Italian flight schedule on Saturday to be minimal, according to the airline’s Italian country manager, Mauro Bolla, who told news agency Ansa the unions behind the strikes “do not have representation in Ryanair”.

Meanwhile, regardless of airline, Italian law dictates that flights must go ahead at certain times of day even in the event of a strike – meaning some journeys are protected.

Italy’s civil cviation authority ENAC has released lists of the Ryanair, Malta Air, CrewLink, easyJet and Volotea flights that it says will run as planned on June 25th.

According to the authority, any flight scheduled to leave an Italian airport between 7am and 10am or 6pm and 9pm is automatically protected from cancellation due to strike action. The rule applies even if those flights are delayed past those time slots.

The protection also applies to any flights scheduled to depart before the start of the strike, even if they are ultimately delayed; as well as international flights scheduled to land in Italy within half an hour of the strike’s start time.

All intercontinental routes to and from Italy are additionally safeguarded from cancellation, including those that are merely transiting through Italy. For June 25th, that means Ryanair flight RYR 2005 from Bergamo to Tel Aviv will go ahead as planned, according to the authority.

Certain domestic routes connecting mainland Italy with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia are also protected. These include:

easyJet
EJU 4801 Naples-Catania
EJU 4819 Naples-Olbia
EJU 4820 Olbia-Naples
EJU 3394 Olbia-Venice
EJU 3368 Bergamo-Olbia

Ryanair
RYR 04802 Rome Ciampino-Cagliari
RYR 02261 Bergamo-Catania

Volotea
VOE 1551 Ancona-Cagliari
VOE1550 Cagliari-Ancona
VOE1702 Catania-Ancona
VOE1578 Palermo-Naples
VOE1541 Olbia-Palermo

All other flights arriving in or leaving from Italy on this date are at risk of cancellation (though this doesn’t necessarily mean they will automatically be cancelled; contact your airline for information and updates).

In addition to the walkouts, demonstrations also planned at three Italian airports.

Milan Malpensa, Rome Ciampino and Bergamo Orio al Serio will all have pickets stationed outside their doors from 10am onwards on Saturday, according to newspaper Repubblica; however no major disruption is anticipated as a result of the direct action.

For more information passengers are advised to contact their airline. If your flight is delayed or cancelled, see our guide to your right to compensation here.

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UPDATE: Italian low-cost airline staff to strike on June 25th

Pilots and flight attendants from Ryanair, Malta Air, CrewLink, easyJet and Volotea will strike again on Saturday over pay and conditions, unions said.

UPDATE: Italian low-cost airline staff to strike on June 25th

Flights are expected to be hit by delays and/or cancellations on Saturday, June 25th, with pilots and cabin crew from Ryanair, Malta Air, CrewLink, easyJet and Volotea set to hold a nationwide 24-hour walkout over wages and working conditions.

Unions representing airline staff said the strike was called because of “the impossibility of starting a discussion about problems that have afflicted crew for months”.

READ ALSO: How will Italian flights be affected by Saturday’s strike action?

“After the strike of June 8th, workers will take new action to demand contracts in line with the minimum wage provision … as required by Italian law,” stated Italian unions Filt (Italian Federation of Transport Workers) and Uiltrasporti (the Italian transport workers’ union).

They added they were also demanding “food and water for the crews … who are often unable to get off the plane for 14 consecutive hours, and the cancellation of the wage cuts introduced to face a period of crisis that is no longer current.”

“If not listened to, we won’t hesitate to call further protest actions from the month of July,” the unions warned.

The upcoming strike will be part of a wider network of demonstrations, with low-cost airline pilots and cabin crew from Spain, Portugal, France and Belgium set to stage a walkout on the same day.

Italy’s unions said the longer strikes being held in other countries mean “probable inconveniences on connecting routes operated by the Ryanair group, especially [flights going] to the countries holding strikes”.

READ ALSO: Strikes and queues: How airline passengers in Europe face summer travel chaos

As it was the case on June 8th, it is likely that a number of scheduled flights will be significantly delayed or cancelled on the day of the strike, but it remains unclear how badly each airline will be affected.

Ryanair said it expects the disruption to its Italian flight schedule on Saturday to be minimal.

The airline’s Italian country manager Mauro Bolla told news agency Ansa the unions behind the strikes “do not have representation in Ryanair”.

In addition to the walkouts, demonstrations also planned at three Italian airports.

Milan Malpensa, Rome Ciampino and Bergamo Orio al Serio will all have pickets stationed outside their doors from 10am onwards on Saturday, unions said, however no major disruption is anticipated as a result of the direct action.

Passengers travelling with any of the above-mentioned carriers on Saturday, June 25th are advised to contact their airline for updates before leaving for the airport.

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 the strike are EU-based) or departing from the EU/Schengen zone.  

According to this regulation, airlines are financially accountable for any journey disruption they are responsible for. That includes disruptions caused by airline staff strikes. Therefore, 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.

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