Alitalia had to cancel over 100 flights on Thurday because of a one-day strike by flight attendants, which was supported by other staff. A majority of the flights that were affected were international. The airline came close to collapse last year. It negotiated job cuts and other cost savings in return for investment from the state. One pilot on a picket line at Rome’s airport explained that workers are angry the airline has no business strategy for the future.
He said: “We, the pilots have made many sacrifices to keep to the agreement reached with the company and the Italian government, that led to recapitalisation, but there hasn’t been the investment, development and alliances we expected.” The trigger for this strike was Alitalia’s plan to buy a smaller bankrupt airline, a move which is opposed by the unions.