Italian Air Traffic Control (ATC) calls for strike

Friday 11th January 2019

GlobeAir has been informed of National strike action in Italy on Friday 11th January affecting Air Traffic Control. Airlines are now working hard to minimise the strike’s impact on passenger’s flights although a high number of cancellations is to be expected.

Airlines will be able to advise passengers about any flight changes via email and SMS.

Despite the airlines’ quick responsiveness to the strike, passengers should always check their flight’s status via the available flight trackers. For cancelled flights, airlines advise passengers not to travel to the airport but rather transfer their flights free of charge.

Italy’s past strikes in 2018

Tuesday 8th May 2018

As per the latest updates, Italy’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) union is calling for a strike on May 8. During this day, travellers booked to fly to or from Italy are likely to be facing disruptions from 08:00-16:00 UTC (10-18 local time). The Italian strike, which will affect ACCs and airports alike causing travellers to reschedule their trips, is yet another episode of the abundant strike wave that has troubled European air travel within the last few years.

About the Strike

The action comes as a consequence of a series of multiple strikes called for by both national and local trade unions (FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL, UIL Trasporti, UNICA, Assivolo Quadri and UGL-TA) in Italy. As per the adherence to the Italian regulation which claims that “essential services” should be guaranteed during a strike, long-haul flights seem not to be affected so far.

Affected Area control centres and Airports

  • Brindisi area control centre (ACC)
  • Padova ACC
  • Milano ACC
  • Lamezia Terme International Airport (LICA)
  • Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (LICC)
  • Palermo Airport (LICJ)
  • Cagliari Elmas Airport (LIEE)
  • Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (LIRA)
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport (LIRF)

Rebookings and alternative travel options

As EU261 regulations don’t compensate for disruptions caused by strikes instituted by unions, passengers should seek alternative solutions. GlobeAir, Austrian Private Jet charter operator can accommodate cost-effective alternative solutions to cancelled or delayed commercial flights.

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Here’s a list of the Italian airports where GlobeAir operates:

  • Bari Palese
  • Bologna Airport
  • Brescia
  • Catania Fontarossa
  • Florence Amerigo Vespucci Peretola
  • Genoa Sestri Cristoforo Colombo
  • Milan Linate
  • Milan Malpensa
  • Naples Airport
  • Palermo
  • Pisa
  • Roma Ciampino G B Pastine
  • Turin Airport
  • Umbria Perugia
  • Venice Tessera Marco Polo
  • Verona Villafranca Valerio Catullo

GlobeAir’s Customer Care is available 24/7 on (+43) 7221 727 400. Travellers who experience cancellations or delays due to a strike are welcome to contact GlobeAir and ask for a tailored quote in order to minimise their travel disruptions.

Latest from the Airlines Waivers

So far, American Airways, British Airways, Delta, EasyJet and Alitalia have released waivers. Only a few airlines, however, have expressed their will to compensate for cancellations or delays. As a result, travellers should document themselves thoroughly by reading airlines waivers on a case by case basis.


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