Major Italian Air Strike This Week — What to Do If Your Flight Is Cancelled

May 20, 2019

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Italian carrier Alitalia has cancelled dozens of domestic and international flights ahead of a 24-hour strike by Italian airport workers on Tuesday. The strike is a result of staff union members including pilots, flight attendants, ground staff, baggage handlers and caterers.

The affected flights include several Alitalia flights to and from the UK, such as:

  • AZ204 from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to London Heathrow (LHR)
  • AZ207 from London Heathrow to Rome Fiumicino
  • AZ210 from Rome Fiumicino to London Heathrow
  • AZ215 from London City (LCY) to Milan Linate (LIN)
  • AZ216 from Milan Linate to London City
  • AZ221 from London City to Milan Linate
  • AZ222 from Milan Linate to London City
  • AZ226 from Milan Linate to London City
  • AZ227 from London City to Milan Linate
  • AZ238 from Milan Linate to London Heathrow
  • AZ247 from London Heathrow to Milan Linate

The remaining cancelled flight list can be found here and is almost exclusively domestic Italian and intra-Europe flights, rather than cancellations of the airline’s long-haul network. Alitalia expects that 60% of passengers will be able to complete their journeys as scheduled on Tuesday, as it’s avoiding cancellations during morning and evening peak periods, as well as using larger aircraft where possible.

There are also some flights cancelled on Monday and Wednesday — either side of the main strike day on Tuesday.

Affected passengers can choose to rebook their flights at no extra cost or claim a full refund if their flight is cancelled or delayed for more than five hours.

Low-cost carrier EasyJet, which has substantial operations at Milan Malpensa (MXP), expects to also be affected by the strike. The carrier has not yet provided a list of any flights expected to be cancelled, though any passengers flying to or from Italy with EasyJet should check the status of their flight here. Passengers should also be notified by email and SMS in advance is there is any expected disruption to their journey, though plan on arriving at Italian airports much earlier during the strike period.

British Airways has not yet cancelled any of its Italian operations as a result of the strike, though that could change.

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