Flight personnel strikes in Italy, two Belgian flights cancelled
Monday, 20 May 2019
Several Italian trade unions have called on pilots, and cabin and ground crew, to put down their work on Tuesday. The main victim of the strike is airline Alitalia, which has to cancel half of its flights, including two roundtrips between Brussels and Italy (Milan and Rome), reported Het Nieuwsblad.
The unions denounce the “increasing dichotomy” in the aviation sector. On the one hand, there are more and more flights and passengers, but on the other hand, the number of bankruptcies is increasing rapidly.
The unions are particularly concerned about the situation at Alitalia. The company went into administration two years ago, and since then no definitive solution has been found. The state railway company Ferrovie dello Stato has until 15 June to submit a binding offer, but it is still looking for partners.
The strike will last all day, except between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM and from 18:00 to 21:00.