Out of these, about 80 Alitalia flights were cancelled, while many were delayed, as pilots and flight attendants staged an eight-hour walk-out. The strike is due to end at 6pm local time.
It was called by the Uiltraspori and Anpav unions in reaction to “unsatisfactory” responses from the company regarding flight operations and social security provisions since its merge with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad last year.
A strike by air traffic controllers and other transport staff with other unions also prompted European airlines to cancel flights, including British Airways, KLM, easyJet, Ryanair, Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Swissair, La Repubblica reported.
There was also disruption at Venice airport and Milan’s Linate and Malpensa due to a strike by air traffic controllers between 10am and 2pm.
The Italy strikes took place alongside a third day of action by pilots of the German airline, Lufthansa.