Travel Alert February 25 2020: Industrial Action in Italy Disrupts Air Travel

The trade unions of air traffic controllers and other sectors of the commercial aviation industry in Italy have confirmed that employees who are members of those unions are on strike today, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 for 24 hours.

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Many flights have been delayed or canceled in advance as a result, which have affected thousands of passengers. Flights which are scheduled to operate today during the peak times between 7:00 and 10:00 in the morning and between 6:00 and 9:00 in the evening will operate as scheduled.

If you are traveling to or from Italy today, Tuesday, February 25, 2020, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this industrial action which may adversely affect your travel plans.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of the pending industrial action in Italy:

  • Alitalia has issued a travel alert for airports throughout Italy for Tuesday, February 25, 2020; and the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin depends on the flight which was delayed or canceled — and canceled flights for Monday, February 24, 2020 and Wednesday, February 26, 2020 are listed as well.
  • Iberia has issued a travel alert for airports throughout Italy for Tuesday, February 25, 2020; and Sunday, March 1, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Other airlines which serve Italy may also issue travel alerts — and travel waivers — for Tuesday, February 25, 2020 as a result of the strike.

The legislation of European Union regulation EC 261/2004 requires airlines operating in Europe to ensure that passengers are rebooked on flights to reach their final destinations at the earliest opportunity possible — even if those flights are operated by other airlines. That is another option which is available to you if you are affected by the aforementioned strikes. If you do decide to file a claim and the airline refuses it, you can complete and submit this complaint form

…and as outlined in Article 9 of that regulation, you may also be eligible for what is known as Duty of Care during an extensive delay of your flight — which may include the reimbursement of such items as meals and lodging after you first pay for them.

Although your flight may not be affected, if you have travel plans to, from or within Italy during the afternoon tomorrow, you may want to consider changing them.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

One thought on “Travel Alert February 25 2020: Industrial Action in Italy Disrupts Air Travel”

  1. Sara J says:

    Thanks for the update. I am taking a solo trip to Italy in a few weeks flying on Alitalia to Rome and using Flixbus and Trenitalia to visit Florence, Prato, and Pisa for the first time. I have held off on purchasing hotel initially due to high prices for centrally located, refundable rooms, and am now am waiting it out to see if rail and bus will be affected by Coronavirus. (Oddly, the room rates have stayed about the same/some sold out!)

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