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CALENDAR: The transport strikes to expect in Italy in autumn 2023

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CALENDAR: The transport strikes to expect in Italy in autumn 2023
Strikes on Friday are expected to mean cancellations to long-distance and local rail services - unless the strike itself is cancelled. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP)

Travellers in Italy face more disruption in the coming weeks, with a series of transport strikes set to affect flights, trains and public transport.

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Transport strikes are common during Italy’s autumn months, and this year will be no exception as unions representing airline, railway and public transport staff have announced multiple walkouts which threaten to affect the travel plans of locals and international visitors.

But not all planned strikes are expected to be equally disruptive.

READ ALSO: Why are there so many transport strikes in Italy?

Here's a look at the protests passengers should be aware of in the coming weeks:

November 6th: Airports and public transport strike

Low-cost airline EasyJet's Italian staff announced a 24-hour walkout on November 6th. Passengers travelling with EasyJet were advised to check the status of their flight with the airline before setting off.

On the same date, airport security staff at Venice’s Marco Polo airport and Treviso’s Antonio Canova airport said they would strike for four hours, from 10am to to 2pm, while some ground staff at Florence airport said they would take part in a four-hour strike between 10.30am and 2-30pm.

Meanwhile public transport in Rome and the surrounding Lazio region was set to be disrupted between 8.30am and 5pm and from 20.00 until the end of service, according to the capital's transport website.

And services run by Milan’s public transport operator ATM were also expected to be disrupted to some extent between 8.45am and 3pm, and after 6pm.

READ ALSO: What are my rights in Italy if a flight is cancelled or delayed?

Trams, buses, metro and local train services are set to be affected by upcoming strikes. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

November 8th: Naples public transport strike

The USB trade union has announced a four-hour public transport strike in Naples from 12.45-4.45pm on November 8th.

The funicular connecting Mergellina, Centrale and Montesanto, the M1 metro line connecting Piscinola with Garibaldi train station, and all surface bus and tram lines are expected to be affected.

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November 9th: Tuscany public transport strike

Workers for the Tuscan public transport operator Autolinee Toscane have announced a 24-hour strike in the provinces of Siena, Grosseto and Arezzo on Thursday. 

Services will reportedly be disrupted from the start of service to 4.14am, from 8.15 am to 12.29 pm and from 2.30 pm to end of service.

November 11th: National train strike

Staff at Italo, the private train company operating high-speed lines between major Italian cities, including Milan, Rome and Venice, have said they will strike from 9am to 5pm (for a total of eight hours) on Saturday, November 11th. 

The walkout may cause delays or cancellations to scheduled Italo services to experience, though a number of essential services will be guaranteed to go ahead.

November 26th: Regional train strike

Staff of the Lombardy regional train company Trenord have announced a 23-hour strike from 3am on November 26th to 2am on November 27th.

Regional and suburban rail services, including the Domodossola-Milan, Novara-Saronno-Milan, and Novara-Milan-Treviglio lines, and airport transfer services, are likely to be subject to cancellations and delays.

Local strikes

A number of smaller regional and local walkouts have also been announced for the coming weeks. A full list can be found on the Transport Ministry’s strike calendar

How bad are strikes in Italy?

Strikes in Italy are frequent but not all of them cause significant disruption for travellers.

The severity of disruption caused by any strike in the country largely depends on how many staff in any part of the transport sector decide to participate.

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And, even in the case of highly disruptive strikes, some essential services (or servizi minimi) are guaranteed to run at peak times. This goes for all transport sectors, from local public transport to rail and air travel.

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

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