Further disruption for travelers due to potential strike in Italy


British holidaymakers are facing further disruption after two Italian unions called for a nationwide crew strike.

According to Italian media, pilots and flight attendants from airlines such as Ryanair, easyJet and Crewlink are expected to strike for four hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The unions Italian Federation of Transport Workers (FILT) and Italian Union of Transport Workers (UILT) said the strike concerned wage disputes, non-payment of sick leave, summer holidays and a “lack of ‘water and meals for the crew’.

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The UILT said that if an agreement is not reached, “it will only be the first in a series of protest actions which will make the summer ‘hot'”.

Easyjet has warned customers that there may be disruptions to its schedule.

In a statement, the airline said: “We are aware of possible multiple strikes planned in Italy on June 8, affecting air traffic services.

“Like all airlines operating to and from Italy, we may experience disruptions to our flight schedule on this date.

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Passengers queue for flights at Heathrow Airport (Ben Smith/PA)

“We advise customers who are due to travel to, from or within Italy on June 8 to check the status of their flights on our Flight Tracker on our mobile app or website at www.easyjet.com/(Your flight).

“While this is beyond our control, we would like to reassure customers that we are doing everything we can to minimize any disruption that may occur as a result of the strike.”

It comes after days of chaos at airports across the country, with easyJet forced to cancel at least 35 flights on Tuesday, with Gatwick the worst affected airport.

Hungarian carrier Wizz Air has also cut at least seven flights to UK airports.

British Airways canceled 124 flights at Heathrow, although the airline said affected passengers had been given advance notice.

Mark Meadows, 40, a journalist living in Berlin but originally from Manchester, said he had his Manchester-Berlin flight canceled on Tuesday after waiting for hours at the airport.

He told the PA news agency that he only realized his flight had been canceled after he disappeared from the screen and after wandering around the airport he finally found someone giving advice. information.

Mr Meadows said: “Eventually we were led to another door…. without anyone really knowing what was going on, but then we had to wait a long time to be allowed into arrivals to exit the airport with no one giving us any information.

“The airport is an absolute mess.”

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Ryanair is one of many airlines that could be affected by the strikes (Nick Potts/PA Images)

There have also been reports of massive queues and major delays over the past month, due to staff shortages and a huge surge in demand as more people travel after restrictions post coronavirus.

Meanwhile, hundreds of check-in and ground workers employed by British Airways at Heathrow began voting on the strike on Tuesday.

Unite and GMB union members are elected in a pay dispute that could spell chaos at the UK’s busiest airport over the summer holiday period.


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