Italian strike set to cause travel chaos tomorrow

Flybe Embraer 195

Many flights will be cancelled on Tuesday 8th May

National strike action in Italy will affect airports across Italy as Air Traffic Control and Airport Staff walk out on Tuesday 8th May.

Airlines have already started to cancel flights ahead of the Action including Flybe flights from Cardiff to Venice & Rome and from Birmingham & Manchester to Milan.

The walkout is set to begin at 10 am local time and last until 6 pm local time. It cant be a total shutdown though as Italian regulations require that “essential services” be maintained during a strike. This means that many overflights and international arrivals (already en-route when the strike begins) will be handled.

Flybe, who have cancelled 8 flights for tomorrow says “We apologise for the inconvenience, and are happy to rebook your travel on an alternative flight to your destination at the earliest available opportunity or if you prefer, you may obtain a refund for any part(s) of your journey not taken.

Flybe Cancellations

  • BE4541 Cardiff to Rome
  • BE4542 Rome to Cardiff
  • BE7353 Manchester to Milan Malpensa
  • BE7354 Milan Malpensa to Manchester
  • BE7113 Birmingham to Milan Malpensa
  • BE7114 Milan Malpensa to Birmingham
  • BE4563 Cardiff to Venice
  • BE4564 Venice to Cardiff

British Airways have not provided a list of flights cancelled but advise that you should check the status of your flight at

Easyjet & Ryanair says that it expects a small number of cancellations and passengers will be notified by email or SMS if their flight is affected but you should always check your flight status before travelling.

As the cancellations are due to a strike you will not be entitled to compensation for your flight however the operator should rebook or refund you, If you paid by credit card you may also be covered by your credit company, or of course, holiday insurance.

About Nick Harding 1934 Articles
Nick is the senior reporter and editor at UK Aviation News as well as working freelance elsewhere. He has his finger firmly on the pulse on Aviation, not only in the UK but worldwide. Nick has been asked to speak in a professional capacity on LBC, Heart and other broadcast networks.

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