Italy’s Low-Cost Airlines Strike, Cancelling Flights

The unions FILT-CGIL and UIL Trasporti have called for workers at Europe’s largest budget airline, Ryanair, to go on strike for four hours beginning at 8:00 GMT. The strike is in response to a pay cut linked to on-board sales as well as difficult working conditions at Europe’s largest budget airline.

A recent strike by flight attendants working for Ryanair, easyJet, and Volotea, which occurred at the same time as a walkout by air traffic controllers, resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights and caused widespread inconvenience for tourists traveling around Italy.

A representative for the UIL Trasporti union said that the union has had to cancel around 360 flights, which has affected over 4,000 customers. Complaining about a drop in pay connected to on-board sales and severe labor conditions at Europe’s leading budget airline, Ryanair employees in Italy called for a walkout that would last for four hours beginning at 8:00 GMT on Wednesday. The strike would begin for Ryanair workers in Italy.

In addition, pilots and flight attendants with EasyJet went on strike between the hours of 1100 and 1500 GMT. ITA Airways, which is owned and operated by Italy, has said in a statement that it has redirected nearly 99 percent of its customers in order to deal with another strike that was called by ENAV flight controllers on Wednesday.

Over the course of the past week, travelers in Europe have been subjected to disruptions in the form of flight delays and cancellations. This is due to the fact that airlines and airports are having trouble keeping up with the surge in passenger traffic that coincides with the beginning of the summer travel season. During the previous year, more passengers travelled to and from Italy on Ryanair than on any other airline combined. This was due to Alitalia’s decision to reduce the number of routes it offered before turning over operations to the more modest ITA Airways.

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