An air transport strike has been called for February 9 in Italy by ground and airport staff, leading to anticipated flight cancellations and delays. According to Avionews, the strike is set to start at midnight and last until 11:59 pm, impacting various airlines and travel plans for the day.
The strike was announced by several prominent unions, including the Uiltrasporti, Unione sindacale di base (Usb), Confederazione unitaria di base (Cub), and Federazione lavoratori autonomi italiani (Flai). In addition, the flight personnel of Air Dolomiti (Lufthansa Group) affiliated with the Associazione nazionale professionale aviazione civile (Anpac) have also joined the strike.
The unions are advocating for improved contract terms, including higher monthly pay, a one-time bonus of €500,000, recognition of seniority increases, a productivity incentive, maintenance of social security agreements, and additional benefits such as meal vouchers.
Italia Airways has already confirmed the cancellation of 48 domestic flights, while maintaining regular operations for intercontinental flights. THEENAC (National Civil Aviation Authority) has published a list of flights that will continue during the strike days, including flights scheduled between specific hours, charter flights, military and emergency flights, as well as those connecting to Italian islands with limited daily frequency.
As a result of the 24-hour strike, Ita Airways has cancelled 48 flights, but has succeeded in ensuring the continuity of international and intercontinental flights. Passengers with tickets for the strike day are advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport, either through the company’s website or by contacting their travel agency.
This month, several strikes have been announced in European countries, causing disruptions to travel plans. Lufthansa’s ground staff announced a strike for February 7, while in the UK, members of the Aslef union announced a strike and overtime ban affecting various train operators. Similarly, in France, a strike was announced on the Ile-de-France bus and metro network as CGT-RATP. These developments are expected to impact travelers across the region, requiring individuals to stay updated on the latest disruptions and potential flight cancellations.
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