People travelling to and from Italy can expect delays or cancellations on Friday, March 17th due to a nationwide strike involving airport handling and security staff.
The demonstration was called by Italian unions earlier this month in protest against staff shortages, precarious work contracts and “gruelling shifts”.
According to the latest Italian media reports, as many as 100,000 passengers might have their travel plans disrupted by Friday’s walkout.
As is often the case with transport strikes in Italy though, the overall impact of the demonstration will vary greatly from airport to airport.
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Security and handling staff at Milan’s Linate Airport will strike for 24 hours, which may result in significant delays and queues for passengers checking in or collecting their luggage.
Aircraft maintenance staff at Rome’s Fiumicino will strike from 1pm to 5pm, with flight departure times likely to be affected.
Besides Rome and Milan, baggage handlers at Pisa’s Galileo Galilei Airport will strike from 10am to 2pm, as will ground services staff at the Vincenzo Bellini Airport in Catania.
Finally, staff at Air Dolomiti, a subsidiary of Lufthansa operating routes from Germany to 13 different Italian destinations, will strike from 1pm to 5pm.
At the time of writing, there were no details as to how Friday’s demonstration might affect other airports around the country.
Current industry agreements however mean a number of flights will be guaranteed to operate during the day.
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According to Italian civil aviation authority ENAC, all flights departing between 7am and 10am and between 6pm and 9pm will operate as scheduled.
Intercontinental flights, including those with layovers at Italian airports, will not be affected by the strike.
Routes between Italy’s mainland and islands (Sicily and Sardinia) deemed ‘essential’ will be guaranteed, Enac confirmed.
A full list of guaranteed services is available on ENAC’s website.
You can keep up to date with the latest strike news from Italy HERE.