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How Italy's airport staff strike is affecting travel on Friday

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How Italy's airport staff strike is affecting travel on Friday
Passengers flying from Rome's Fiumicino airport will have the higher charge added to the cost of their tickets under new plans. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP.

Several airlines have cancelled flights and disruption is expected at airports around Italy due to a 24-hour walkout on Friday, September 8th.


Air passengers were braced for delays and cancellations on Friday as ground staff at Italian airports began a 24-hour walkout, lasting from midnight on Friday to 11.59pm the same day.

As the duration and type of protests varied 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, many more flights had been cancelled at several Italian airports - while other airports were largely unaffected.

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

Dozens of cancellations were reported at Milan's airports, as well as Florence and Naples.

Rome's two airports appeared to be largely unaffected. See further details of which airports are affected by the strikes.

At least 30 flights have been cancelled by Italy's national flag carrier. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP.


Italy's civil aviation authority Enac released a list of flights 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.

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Flights scheduled to leave before the strike's start time and delayed for reasons beyond anyone's control will be guaranteed, as will the arrival of all domestic flights in the air when the strike begins and all international flights scheduled to land within half an hour of the strike's start time, according to Enac.

Unions called for contracts with greater job security and wage increases amid soaring inflation.

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



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