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Strike! Italian ATC walkout prompts Alitalia flight cancellations

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With an air traffic controllers strike scheduled for September 7, 2021 in Italy, flag airline Alitalia has been forced to cancel flights and reroute some to larger planes.

According to Italian air navigation service provider ENAV, trade union UNICA has declared a national strike from 1 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. local time. Local strikes are also planned for the control centers at Roma and Milano, as well as Turin Caselle Airport (TRN), Naples International Airport (NAP), Pescara Airport (PSR), and Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA).

“To minimize customer discomfort, Alitalia has activated an unusual plan that calls for the employment of larger planes on local and international routes,” the airline stated in a statement on its website.

Alitalia plans to rebook affected passengers on the first available flights by using larger planes.

According to a notice on Alitalia’s website, the airline has canceled 70 flights for September 7, 2021.

“ENAV will ensure that vital services are delivered in accordance with existing regulations,” the ANSP stated in a statement announcing the strikes on September 2, 2021.

NOTAMS (Notices to Airmen) have been issued for the affected locations, detailing the services that airlines can expect during the strike.

Eurocontrol, the European network manager, stated on social media that the strike will have no effect on overflights or incoming intercontinental planes.

Alitalia, which was thrown into administration in 2017, will cease operations on October 15, 2021. Italia Trasporto Aereo has taken its place (ITA).

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