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Massive Italy Strike Disrupts Hundreds of Flights, Leaving Passengers Stranded

An airport staff strike grounded hundreds of flights all over Italy on Saturday, affecting 250,000 travellers in one of the world’s top tourist spots.

An airport staff strike in Italy sparked chaos on Saturday, leaving holidaymakers stranded and disrupting travel plans for around 250,000 people. Flights all across the country were cancelled due to the strike by ground crew, who are demanding a new collective contract. This comes six years after the previous agreement expired, leaving workers feeling aggrieved and ready to take action. Both domestic and international flights were impacted, with approximately 1,000 flights cancelled in total.

The strike was due to last from 10:00 am (0800 GMT) to 6:00 pm (1600 GMT).

The strike commenced at 10:00 am (0800 GMT) and was set to continue until 6:00 pm (1600 GMT), causing significant disruption throughout the day. Tourists and locals alike were left frustrated and scrambling for alternative travel arrangements.

The airport in Rome, saw some 200 flights cancelled, authorities said.

Travel chaos hit the Italian capital as Rome’s airport had to cancel around 200 flights. Passengers, hoping to jet off from or arrive at the busy hub, were met with disappointment as their plans were abruptly halted. The strike impacted both national and international flights, causing widespread disruption for those relying on Rome as their gateway to Italy.

Flights by Malta Air, which handles transfers for popular budget carriers Ryanair, Vueling and Ita Airways, were also affected after pilots joined the walkout.

The strike had further ramifications as pilots joined the walkout, resulting in disruption for passengers flying with Malta Air. This airline handles transfers for popular budget carriers such as Ryanair, Vueling, and Ita Airways. Passengers relying on these airlines to reach their destinations were left stranded, adding to the chaos caused by the strike.

Milan’s airports saw some 150 flight cancellations, while dozens of others were grounded in Turin and Palermo.

The strike spread to Milan, where approximately 150 flights were cancelled, adding more misery to the already desperate situation. Turin and Palermo also experienced dozens of flight cancellations, causing further inconvenience and frustration for travellers.

Transport Minister Matteo Salvini called the strikers to exercise “common sense” so as “not to harm millions of other workers and tourists”.

As the strike caused widespread disruption and left thousands of travellers stranded, Transport Minister Matteo Salvini made a plea to the strikers to show “common sense” and consider the impact their actions were having on other workers and tourists. With Italy being one of the world’s top tourist destinations, the strike had far-reaching consequences. Salvini urged the strikers to find a resolution that would not harm the livelihoods and plans of millions of people affected by their actions.

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