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Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this spring

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The Local Italy - [email protected] • 16 Mar, 2023 Updated Thu 16 Mar 2023 09:20 CEST
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Strikes, especially those regarding the transport sector, are a fairly regular occurrence in Italy’s spring months. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP

Unions representing railway, airline and public transport staff have announced a number of strikes for the coming weeks. Here are the main ones and a look at how they may affect travel in Italy.


Strikes, especially those affecting the transport sector, are a fairly regular occurrence in Italy’s spring months. 

This year will be no exception as Italian unions have already called a number of demonstrations affecting rail, airline or public transport services around the country. 

READ ALSO: Should you travel in Italy when there’s a strike on?


But not all walkouts are expected to cause the same amount of disruption to travellers.

Here are the planned strikes that are most likely to cause significant delays and/or cancellations in the coming weeks and months. 

Public transport 

March 13th: Staff at Umbria TPL e Mobilità, the main public transport operator in Italy’s central Umbria region, will take part in a 24-hour strike on Monday, March 13th. 

The level of disruption caused by the demonstration will vary from city to city, as will minimum services and their times. 

People waiting for a bus during a strike in Italy

Public transport staff in Umbria will take part in a 24-hour strike on Monday, March 13th. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP

The regular operation of the Perugia Airlink, which connects Perugia and Assisi to the San Francesco D’Assisi airport, may also be affected by the strike.

The March 13th demonstration was called by unions Filt Cgil and Faisa Cisal in protest against the upcoming privatisation of Umbria TPL.

March 31st: Staff from Milan’s main public transport operator, ATM, will take part in a 24-hour strike on Friday, March 31st. 

The strike will impact metro lines as well as surface services. 

There are currently no details as to whether or not ATM will guarantee minimum services during the day.

April 19th: Staff at Milan’s ATM will strike again on Wednesday, April 19th. 

The demonstration will last four hours, but the exact start and end times haven’t been released yet. 


It’s worth pointing out that the strike will take place on the second day of the popular Milan Furniture Fair (Salone del Mobile), which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the northern capital every year.

The strike will not affect Trenord or Trenitalia services.

Rail strikes

March 19th: Staff from Lombardy’s Trenord will strike from 3pm on Sunday, March 19th to 2am on Monday, March 20th. 

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The demonstration may significantly impact rail services in Lombardy as well as in Veneto and Piedmont. 


April 14th: Staff at Trenitalia, the main train operator in Italy, will take part in a nationwide eight-hour strike on Friday, April 14th, with the walkout scheduled to start at 9am and end at 5pm. 

The overall amount of disruption caused by the demonstration will depend on the number of participants. 

As per current industry agreements however, Trenitalia will provide minimum transport services during the strike.

The walkout was called by Italian unions in protest against unsatisfactory working conditions at Trenitalia and partner companies.

Airline strikes

March 17th: Airport handling and security staff and aircraft maintenance workers around the country are set to take part in a nationwide strike on Friday, March 17th. 

The times and overall impact of the demonstration will vary from region to region, or, in some cases, from airport to airport. 

Security staff at Milan’s Linate airport will strike for 24 hours, and aircraft maintenance staff at Rome’s Fiumicino will strike from 1pm to 5pm. 

It's not yet known how other airports may be affected.

A woman looking at the departure board at the airport

Security staff at Milan's Linate airport will strike for 24 hours on Friday, March 17th. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP


April 2nd:  Italy's ENAV air traffic operators around the country will strike from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday, April 2nd. 

Further information about the potential impact of the demonstration will be made available closer to the date on ENAV’s own website

There currently are no planned strikes beyond Tuesday, April 4th, but The Local will update this article should further demonstrations be announced.

Most strikes in Italy are planned well in advance of the actual strike date, but last-minute walk-outs or unannounced demonstrations cannot be completely ruled out.

You can keep up to date with the latest strike news from Italy HERE.



The Local Italy 2023/03/16 09:20

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