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Italy: Strike prompts Alitalia to cancel some December 15 flights /update 1

Alitalia cancels at least 77 international and domestic flights scheduled for December 15 due to air traffic controller strike; confirm flight reservations

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/7/2017, 12:00 AM until 12/15/2017, 11:59 PM (Europe/Rome). COUNTRY/REGION Italy

Event

On Tuesday, December 12, Alitalia announced that it has canceled a number of international and domestic flights scheduled for Friday, December 15, due to an air traffic controller strike set to be held on Friday between 13:00 and 17:00 (local time). According to media reports, at least 77 flights have been canceled. Travelers can find additional information regarding the cancelations at the Alitalia website. Significant air transportation disruptions are expected in the country on Friday if the action is carried out.

Context

The Italian Associazione Nazionale Professionale Aviazone Civile (ANPAC) has planned the four-hour strike by its Ryanair pilots and flight attendants in Italy. Air traffic controllers and other airline workers will also join the strike.

Transportation-related strikes are common in Italy and can be highly disruptive. However, in accordance with Italian law, minimum levels of services must be guaranteed during all strikes.

Advice

Travelers in Italy are advised to confirm their travel itineraries and to allow for extra time to reach their destinations.

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