Alitalia cancels flights due to pilots’ strike

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(23 Feb 2017) Thousands of travellers faced disruption at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Thursday due to a one-day strike staged by the workers of Italian airline Alitalia.
The walkout, which started at 10:00 a.m. (09:00 GMT), has forced Alitalia to cancel 60 percent of its flights scheduled for Thursday.
Holding trade unions flags and chanting slogans, Alitalia workers blocked the road in front of the airport, parading from the arrivals terminal to departures.
The strike was announced after negotiations between the troubled airline’s management and unions broke down on Wednesday.
The talks were to address a controversial upcoming business plan containing job losses at the former national flag carrier.

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