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UPDATE: Which airports in Italy are affected by strikes on Friday?

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UPDATE: Which airports in Italy are affected by strikes on Friday?
Passengers were braced for delays and cancellations on Friday as airport ground staff planned a 24-hour strike. (Photo by STEFANO MELUNI / AFP)

Passengers at Milan, Florence and other Italian airports reported scores of cancellations on Friday, September 8th, as airport staff around the country held a 24-hour strike.

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Airline passengers travelling to or from Italy faced disruption on Friday as airport staff took part in a 24-hour walkout, while others were set to hold a four-hour strike.

As the duration and type of protests vared around the country, the extent of the disruption caused differed from one airport to another.

A small number of flights were cancelled ahead of the strike, mainly by Ryanair and Italian flag-carrier ITA. But on Friday morning dozens more appeared to have been cancelled at several Italian airports - while other airports were largely unaffected.

Milan

A total of 60 flights have been cancelled at Milan's Malpensa airport and 20 at Linate due to the strikes, transport union Cub said on Friday.

Passengers flying from Malpensa reported dozens of cancellations on the departures board on Friday morning, though said baggage handling operations appeared to be running smoothly.

Florence

Many flights to and from Florence had been cancelled on Friday morning, though passengers arriving at the airport reported that baggage handling and other staff were visibly present and things appeared to be running smoothly.

Venice

At Marco Polo airport, dozens of flights had been cancelled on Friday morning, particularly those operated by low-cost airlines.

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Naples

Many outbound EasyJet flights scheduled for Friday morning had been cancelled, while other outbound flights showed significant delays.

Rome

ITA had already cancelled some flights operating to and from Rome's Fiumicino airport between Thursday and Saturday, and the airport's management had warned that more cancellations on Friday could not be ruled out.

However on Friday morning flights from both Fiumicino and Ciampino airports appeared to be operating largely as normal, with only a couple of cancellations.

Cagliari

There had been warnings of disruption with another separate walkout by handling staff at Cagliari airport in Sardinia for the same 24-hour period. However as of Friday morning flights were operating as normal.

Verona

Baggage handling staff at Verona's Catullo Airport were set to hold a separate strike from 1pm to 5pm which could also result in some delays and disruption on the ground. No flight cancellations were reported as of Friday morning.

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All other airports:

As of Friday morning, no major disruption had been reported at other airports in Italy.

However, many of Italy's airports had issued statements earlier in the week warning passengers of potential delays or cancellations due to the strike and advising anyone travelling on Friday to check the status of their flight with the operator.

Italy's civil aviation authority Enac released a list of flights that are guaranteed to go ahead on Friday regardless of the strike.

Protected flights include all those scheduled to depart in the windows between 7-10am and 6-9pm, as well as once-daily domestic flights connecting the Italy's islands to the mainland.

Follow the latest updates in The Local's strike news section.

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