Striking staff in Italian airports has airlines scrambling to compensate.
Tomorrow, the airline, airport and ATC staff in Italy are going on strike over payment disputes. This is bad news for flyers, as many flights are impacted. Alitalia has already grounded about 300 flights. EasyJet is also affected. Check-in with your airline to see whether your flight was among the unlucky ones!
As always, air passengers suffering from these cancelled flights should know that they have rights granted to them under Regulation (EC) 261/2004. The airline has to provide you with free meals and drinks. You should also be allowed to make two free calls, use email or send a free fax. If you have to wait for the flight for one or more nights, the carrier has to provide you with free accommodation at a hotel, including transport to/from the airport. In case they’re unable/unwilling to do this, save the receipts: all “rational” expenses (no VIP penthouses, caviar or limos) should be refunded afterwards. Read more here: Cancelled Flight Compensation.
Unfortunately, as the strikes come from the airline staff and ATC, it is one of the exceptional circumstances as defined by (EC) 261/2004 – which means you can’t claim cancelled flight compensation! Other rules still apply, so the airlines should still take care of you.