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Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Travel Alert October 21 2022: Air Traffic Controllers Strike in Italy

Hundreds of flights have already been canceled.

Delays and cancellations may likely adversely affect much of Europe tomorrow, Friday, October 21, 2022 due to air traffic controllers in Italy planning to go on strike, as airlines have already proactively canceled hundreds of flights.

Travel Alert October 21 2022: Air Traffic Controllers Strike in Italy

This notice is currently displayed at the official Internet web site of ITA Airways at the time this article was written:

A national strike of Air Traffic Controllers and of the Air Transport sector is expected on Friday 21 October 2022.

The industrial action could affect the schedule of ITA Airways flights on 21 October. The airline was therefore forced to cancel some national flights scheduled for 21 October

List of cancelled flights is available here

To minimize inconvenience, bigger aircraft will operate on international routes in order to carry as more passengers as possible on 21 October: 20% of travelers will fly on the same day.

ITA Airways invites all customers already holding tickets for travels on 21 October to check the status of their flights before going to the airport on ita-airways.com website, or calling the airline at the toll-free number 800 93 60 90 (within Italy), at +39 +39 06 8596 0020 (from abroad), or contacting the travel agency where the ticket was bought.

Travellers holding tickets and eventually affected by cancellation or schedule change of ITA Airways flights on 21 October can rebook their travel at no additional cost or penalty, or ask for a full ticket refund (only if the flight is cancelled or the delay on departure exceeds 5 hours) by 28 October.

The Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile — which translates in English as the Italian Civil Aviation Authority and is known as Enac — is responsible for ensuring the safety and the security of air transportation in Italy; as well as maintaining a balance between the development of the air transportation sector and environmental protection.

Final Boarding Call

If your travel plans tomorrow, Friday, October 21, 2022 have been — or will be — affected by the impending strike, you should have received alternate plans from the airline on which you plan on traveling as a passenger. If that has not happened, either contact someone at customer service at that airline — or get additional information from the official Internet web site or social media channels of the airline.

Hopefully, your travel plans will be affected as minimally as possible…

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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