Travel Alert November 25 2019: Strike in Italy to Disrupt Air Travel and Affect Tens of Thousands of People

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 will be on strike today, Monday, November 25, 2019 for four hours, from 1:00 in the afternoon through 5:00 in the afternoon.

Travel Alert November 25 2019: Strike in Italy to Disrupt Air Travel and Affect Tens of Thousands of People

Hundreds of flights have been delayed or canceled in advance as a result, which will affect tens of thousands of passengers. Inbound airplanes on long-haul flights from other countries will be permitted to land during the aforementioned four hours.

If you are traveling to Italy today, Monday, November 25, 2019, 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 six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of the pending industrial action in Italy:


Other airlines which serve Italy may also issue travel alerts — and travel waivers — for Monday, November 25, 2019 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.

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