A strike by some Italian air traffic controllers’ unions on March 20 has resulted in the cancellation of the March 20 Alitalia flights connecting Rome and Sofia.
The cancelled flights are AZ520, meant to have arrived in Sofia at 6.05pm, and AZ521, meant to have departed Sofia for Rome at 7pm.
Alitalia said that it had been forced to cancel almost 40 per cent of its flights, both domestic and international, because of the unions confirming a four-hour strike on March 20.
On the same day, CUB Trasporti trade union (together with USB union only in Milan airports) have also confirmed a 24 hour air transport sector strike. “Flights set to operate during the peak times between 7am to 10am and from 6pm to 9pm will operate as scheduled,” Alitalia said.
List of cancelled services is available at this link.
The airline said that it had immediately taken special measures to minimise inconvenience to its customers, by rebooking passengers affected by cancellations on the first available flights, if possible on the same day.
Alitalia customers already holding tickets for travels on 20 March should contact Alitalia at the toll free number 800.65.00.55 (within Italy) or +39.06.65649 (from abroad), or the travel agent where they purchased the ticket, in order to check the status of their flights, before going to the airport.
Bigger aircraft will operate on several domestic and international routes in order to carry as more passengers as possible on 20 March. Additional staff will be on hand in the airports of Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate to assist customers, and additional call centre staff will be on duty.
(Photo: Maya Dulgerova)