The effect of Monday’s wildcat strike by some Alitalia workers spilled into Tuesday, as long airport lines led to cancellations in Rome and Milan.
According to an Associated Press report, lines at Alitalia check-in counters at Rome Fiumicino Airport stretched for 200 feet on Tuesday. Hundreds of passengers spent the night at the airport when their flights were canceled due to worker protests.
Police intervened to calm down angry travelers who threatened ground personnel, reported the AP.
Airport officials said 25 domestic and international flights were canceled Tuesday morning in Rome, and that 37 flights were canceled at Milan's Linate Airport.
Some Alitalia flight attendants and pilots staged a sit-in at Rome Fiumicino on Monday, blocking the crew entrance to personnel who wanted to work, according to published reports. The workers are part of Alitalia unions opposed to CAI’s pending acquisition of the bankrupt airline.
CAI -- a group of Italian investors headed by Roberto Colannino, chief executive of scooter maker Piaggio -- intends to cut jobs and routes, and that is not acceptable to all Alitalia unions.
Meanwhile, Italy’s civil aviation authority said Rome Ciampino Airport would remain closed until Tuesday evening while workers removed a Ryanair plane with damaged landing gear, reported the AP. The jet came in for a hard landing after striking a flock of birds. Two crew members and four passengers sustained minor injuries