Air traffic in Italy was disrupted again on Wednesday (29 October) as aviation employees continued their series of one-day stoppages over twelve days.
SV PULL BACK GV EXTERIOR Rome airport, Italy.
GVs Idle aircraft on runway. (2 SHOTS)
GV INTERIOR Airport lounges deserted, flight schedule board. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Empty checkout terminals.
SV Empty seats PULL OUT TO empty airport lounge.
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Background: Air traffic in Italy was disrupted again on Wednesday (29 October) as aviation employees continued their series of one-day stoppages over twelve days. The stoppages, which began on Saturday (25 October), are over disagreement with the government on renewal of the Civil Aviation Employees' contracts.
SYNOPSIS: Rome's Fiumioino International airport has been worst hit by the dispute. On Wednesday (29 October) the usually bustling terminals were deserted when pilots of the national airline, Alitalia and its domestic subsidiary, ATI, went on strike. The airport was semi-paralysed the previous Saturday when administrative personnel held a twelve-hour stoppage and officials in charge of directing traffic worked to rule. Of the 60 scheduled international flights, 22 were cancelled. On Monday (27 October) there were further disruptions when air controllers walked out.
Further strikes were scheduled for Thursday (30 October) by air controllers and on Friday (31 October) by airport staff. Air travel prospects in Italy look bleak for early November, with air controllers planning stoppages on the 3rd and 5th, and other airport staff threatening to stop work again on the 14th if their demands are not met.