Italy airport strike leads to hundreds of flight cancellations

An image of an Alitalia jet on an airport runway

A 24-hour coordinated strike across Italy, involving airport and air traffic control staff, is causing hundreds of upcoming flights to be canceled.

The cause of the strike, scheduled for Tuesday, is disputes over pay and working conditions, with Milan and Rome airports expected to be the worst affected with the most flight cancellations, reports the Independent and The Sun.

Alitalia, Italy’s national airline, has grounded over 300 flights between now and Wednesday morning, according to its website.

Flights Tuesday will operate as scheduled during peak times between 7 to 10 a.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. reported Alitalia in a news release. “Alitalia has taken special measures to mitigate customer inconvenience by operating bigger aircraft on domestic and international routes.”

Tuesday two Alitalia flights are canceled between from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. 

Customers are urged to contact the airline to check the status of a flight or rebook at no additional cost. 

There are 10 U.S. flights total arriving to and from the main airports in Milan and Rome, including to and from New York JFK and Miami, which are canceled Tuesday and Wednesday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.

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