About a thousand flights departing from and arriving at italian airports are canceled today due to a ground crew strike who demand the renewal of their collective agreement.
At the call of an inter-union, the handling and check-in agents Italian airport platforms are on strike on July 15, 2023, between 10:00 a.m. (08:00 GMT) and 6:00 p.m. They are demanding the signing of a new collective agreement, which expired six years ago.
At Rome-Fiumicino airport, around 200 flights are cancelled, notably to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Barcelona or Palma de Mallorca, as well as Palermo or Catania in Sicily. Particularly affected are Malta Air, which operates routes on behalf of Ryanair, ITA Airways (ex-Alitalia), and Vueling, whose pilots have decided to join the strike movement. Also, nearly 150 flights are canceled at Milan-Linate and Milan-Malpensa airports, around thirty at Turin-Caselle airport, and as many at Palermo airport.
In total, some 1,000 flights are canceled this Saturday and around 250,000 domestic and international travelers are affected by the stoppage of airport staff.