The next victim in the Summer of Disgrace in Europe is Italy and Alitalia. The striking workers are the air traffic controllers who plan to walk off the job from 1 pm to 5 pm today.
Because of the strike, about 40% of both domestic and international flights have been canceled for today.
To make travel even more problematic the CUB Trasporti Trade Union and the USB Union workers at the Milan Airport are also striking today. Their strike is for 24 hours.
To help accommodate as many passengers as possible, Alitalia will utilize larger aircraft for both domestic and international flights. This will make it possible for them to ferry as many passengers as possible on the flights that have not been canceled.
From 7 am until 10 am along with the scheduled flights from 6 pm until 9 pm Alitalia will use the larger aircrafts and depart at the regally scheduled times posted by Alitalia.
For passengers needing assistance, additional Alitalia staff will be on station to assist them at Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino Airports.
A complete list of canceled flights by Alitalia can be viewed at this link.
Additional strikes already set to hit Italy in the near future that will affect travel to this country include both air and land transport workers.
This week on Thursday March 23rd, the taxi drivers will refuse to work from 8 am until 10 pm across Italy.
Early next month on April 5th both Air Italy and Alitalia will have workers walking off the jobs. This strike is for the entire 24 hour period from midnight to one minute before the following midnight on that day.
The last scheduled strike in Italy at this time will occur on April 21st of this year. This is when ENAV personnel will be striking from 10 am until 6 pm. The ENAV personnel work in 44 air traffic control towers across Italy.
The Summer of Disgrace is hitting to disrupt air traffic across Europe. The effected airlines are doing what they can to alleviate the hassles passengers are going to experience. For air passengers heading to Asia, there are no strikes planned for the summer at this time.
Sources: Alitalia, Summer in Italy, Air Transport News