Strike causes Easyjet to cancel Milan flights

Easyjet, a no-frills airline based in Luton, UK, has been forced to cancel flights to Milan in Italy later this week due to strike action.

The company has cancelled more than 60 flights that were scheduled for the Linate and Malpensa airports in Milan for tomorrow, Wednesday May 29, including flights to the UK airports Gatwick and Luton. The strike by airport staff at the two Italian airports will last for twenty-four hours, according to SEA Group, the airports’ operator. The company has said that it will provide live updates via its twitter feed regarding the impact that the strike is having.

Easyjet has issued a statement saying, ‘In order to minimise the disruption to passengers and to allow sufficient time to make alternative plans, Easyjet has taken the decision to proactively cancel some flights to and from both airports. All passengers travelling to or from the Milan airports on that day are strongly recommended to check the status of your flight before heading to the airport to avoid any unnecessary disruption.’

In some cases, Easyjet has arranged to reroute flights from Gatwick and Luton to Turin, from where it will provide a coach connection to Milan.

The company is also expecting disruption at Naples airport due to local industrial action, particularly with delays through security checkpoints. It will therefore be opening its bag drop three hours before the departure of flights from the airport to help ease congestion.

Full details of changes to the airline’s schedules for the affected airports can be obtained from Easyjet at http://easyjet.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3970.