Passengers flying to and from Italy on Friday May 30th may need quite a bit extra patience as disruptions to flight schedules look highly likely.
Ground handling staff are striking across Italy, but both airport and ground handling staff at Milan’s two airports have scheduled a strike from 13:00 to 17:00 local time (12:00 to 16:00 GMT).
EasyJet says its flights to and from Milan Malpensa, Venice and Milan Linate airports are likely to be affected along with some cancellations.
A spokesperson said: “We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact to our customers and we have proactively taken the decision to cancel some flights to allow customers to re-organise their travel plans.
“For cancelled flights, all our customers will be offered a free of charge transfer to a new flight or a full refund.
“We strongly advise customers who wish to travel and want to rebook easyJet flights to AVOID rebooking flights on the same day (Friday 30th ) as there is some likelihood of further disruption that could cause further cancellations. ”
British Airways is letting customers know of any changes to the schedule ‘as soon as possible’.
Ryanair predicts significant disruption to flights to/from and overflying Italy.
Ryanair’s website states: “In the event that we are forced to reschedule or cancel flights due to this possible strike action, we will update this notice on Friday 30 May at 08.00hrs UK time. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused by this situation which is outside of our control.”