ROME — A number of hundred flights had been canceled in Italy on Sunday, a peak vacation journey day, as a consequence of four-hour strikes involving low-cost airline staff and air site visitors controllers.
A union official, Fabrizio Cuscito, informed Italian state tv that some 500 flights had been cancelled. Airline staff are looking for higher wages and higher working circumstances, together with meals on lengthy shifts, he stated.
The Italian Transport Ministry stated the strikes had been referred to as by staff at airways Ryanair, EasyJet and Volotea. That strike started at 2:00 p.m. (12:00 GMT), whereas the air site visitors controllers’ strike, which additionally lasted 4 hours, started an hour earlier.
In comparison with airports in different Western European nations, Italy’s airports have skilled much less chaos this summer time. That is largely as a result of when the COVID-19 pandemic introduced journey to a standstill, many airline and airport staff in Italy acquired authorities advantages whereas not working, somewhat than lose their jobs, as has steadily occurred in different nations.
When journey demand spiked this summer time, many airways and airports could not rent sufficient staff quick sufficient to serve clients.