Thousands of travellers visiting Italy this weekend are set to have their plans fall into chaos in the wake of a national strike disrupting flights and bringing public transport across the country to a standstill.
British budget airline EasyJet has already cancelled 32 flights, affecting more than 5,000 passengers. They claim to be “expecting a number of cancellations and potential delays” due to the Italian strike, but it has not released details of flights affected.
“We recommend to all customers flying to or from Italy on Friday 25 October to allow extra time to get to the airport and check the status of their flight on easyJet.com and Flight Tracker for live updates.
“Although this is outside of our control we would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience and would like to assure them that we are doing all possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial action.”
The “Black Friday” industrial action started late on Thursday night and has impacted rail, ferry and airport services across Italy.
“As a result of an Italian ATC Strike on Friday, 25th October 2019, we have been forced to cancel a small number of flights.” A Ryanair spokesperson explained.
“All affected customers are currently being notified by SMS and email advising customers of their option of a free move or refund. If you have not received an email or SMS message then we expect your flight to operate as scheduled.
“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused by these ATC strikes. We will do everything we can to minimise your disruption, which is sadly beyond our control.”
All passengers travelling through Italian airports on Friday are advised to confirm their flight’s status with their airline.