Airlines are being forced to cancel hundreds of flights in advance of 2019's first national Air Traffic Control strike taking place in Italy this afternoon, says Travelmole.
ATC centres in Rome, Milan, and Brindisi will go on strike, affecting both domestic and intra-European flights to and from Italy. Intercontinental flights and overflights are not expected to be impacted.
Travellers may face additional problems as workers at Catania, Turin, Genoa, Perugia, and Pescara airports are also expected to participate in the strike action.
In the countries most affected by controllers' strikes, A4E is calling for an improved continuity of service for passengers and has proposed a number of solutions to address the situation, including a mandatory 72-hour individual notification period for employees wishing to strike and protection of overflights (while not at the expense of the country where the strike originates).
Travellers are informed to check the status of their flights prior to leaving for the airport.