Twin strikes in Italy have plunged air travel into chaos. Hundreds of domestic and international flights have been cancelled. Passengers stuck at Rome were starting to feel the strain. One woman complained about a lack of information. “I want to go to Paris,” said a man. “But there is no flight. I don’t know what to do.” The first strike concerns Italian air traffic controllers. They are demanding a pay rise.
The second walkout is by cabin crew from Alitalia. It comes amid a row over contract negotiations at the state-controlled airline which is being sold off. Among those facing frustration are thousands of AC Milan fans trying to reach Athens for tomorrow’s Champions League football final.