Thursday 26 November, 2020

Watch: Flights cancelled as Rome airport workers strike

Italy's struggling airline Alitalia cancelled over 300 flights on Tuesday because of a 24-hour strike called to protest deteriorating conditions in the sector, including the government's failure to relaunch the carrier.

At Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci airport, dozens of airline workers carried signs and banners as they stood outside the departure terminal among passengers who had had their flights cancelled.


Alitalia says it cancelled about half of its flights, both domestic and international, due to the strike.

But it says it has reorganised schedules so that at least half of the affected passengers could fly the same day.

The country's main transport union called the 24-hour strike to push for a deal that will guarantee the future of Alitalia, but also more generally for the renewal of a national contract and other measures to support workers.

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