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Flights cancelled as Italy airport staff strike

Walkout planned on Monday over planned cuts at Italian carrier Alitalia

Image Credit: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
File: In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, demonstrators, including Italian airliner Alitalia's workers, gather during a strike in front of Leonardo da Vinci International airport in Fiumicino, some 30 kilometers from Rome. Unions representing Alitalia workers on Friday, March 17, 2017, announced a strike on April 5 to protest deep job and salary cuts as part of a new plan to relaunch the struggling airline.

Rome: Air traffic in Italy will be disrupted on Monday due to strikes at the nation’s airports, including a four-hour work stoppage by air traffic controllers.

Five unions representing the controllers called for a strike between 1pm and 5pm (4pm-8pm UAE), union sources said on Sunday.

In addition, air transport employees have been asked to go off duty on Monday, except during two guaranteed three-hour periods of service from 7-10am and from 6-9pm.

Italian air carrier Alitalia announced that around 40 per cent of its domestic and international flights have been cancelled.

Also on Monday, the government as well as the management and unions of Alitalia are set to hold talks over planned cuts at the airline.

Alitalia, facing fierce competition from low-cost carriers like Ryanair, is expected to cut 2,000 jobs and slash salaries by nearly a third, moves opposed by the unions which have called for a strike at the Italian carrier on April 5.