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STRIKES: How will flights and transport in Italy be affected on Friday?

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STRIKES: How will flights and transport in Italy be affected 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)

Airport and local public transport strikes planned for Friday, September 29th, have been postponed or cut short following government orders.


Friday has been expected set to be a difficult day for air travel and public transport in Italy, with several strikes called within the same 24-hour period.

Airport baggage handling staff had long planned a 24-hour nationwide walkout from midnight on Thursday until midnight on Friday, resulting in Italian flag carrier ITA cancelling 73 domestic flights earlier this week.

But on Thursday, the strike was cut from 24 to four hours, meaning very little disruption is now expected.

Staff at low-cost airline Easyjet were expected to hold a four-hour strike from 1pm-5pm on Friday, though the airline had not announced any cancellations as of Wednesday.

A 24-hour local nationwide public transport strike also planned for Friday was postponed to October 9th, the USB union said on Wednesday afternoon.

The decision came after Transport Minister Matteo Salvini issued an injunction that would have restricted Friday's planned strike to a duration of just four hours.

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Salvini had then issued a similar injunction cutting short the airport workers' strikes on Thursday, Italian media reported, though no announcement was made by the transport ministry.

It remained unclear how much disruption would be caused by this afternoon's strikes, but any impact was expected to be minimal and to vary by airport.


Airports in Rome and Milan advised passengers travelling on Friday to check the status of their flight with the operator.

"Some flights could suffer delays or cancellations," said the management company running Rome's Ciampino and Fiumicino airports.

Flights scheduled to depart between 7am and 10am and between 6pm and 9pm are in any case protected from strike action under Italian law.

Italy's civil aviation authority ENAC has published a list of flights guaranteed to go ahead on Friday on its website.

Keep up with the latest updates in The Local's strike news section.


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