Expected disruption due to Air Traffic Controllers’ strike in Italy on Sunday 28 May 2017

Air Traffic Controllers in Italy are due to take industrial action on Sunday 28 May 2017, which is likely to cause disruption to flights.

Air Traffic Controllers in some regions of Italy are due to take industrial action on the afternoon of Sunday 28 May 2017, the weekend of the late May bank holiday in the UK.

The strike will take place between 1pm and 5pm local time. This is likely to cause disruption with delays and cancellations, albeit on a smaller scale than originally thought.  As a consequence the following airlines have issued guidance for affected passengers.

Please note that this page does not provide live flight information so any cancellations that will be listed are proactive cancellations made in advance, and do not necessarily include any delays/cancellations made on the day.

You can check live flight information on the websites of Gatwick, Heathrow and London City airports.


In addition to industrial action by Air Traffic Controllers, certain unions representing Alitalia staff are also due to take industrial action between 10am and 6pm.

Alitalia has published guidance on its website which includes details of cancelled flights.

The list of cancellations includes flights between London Heathrow and Rome and London City and Milan Linate as well as extensive network wide cancellations:

AZ221 London City – Milan Linate

AZ222 Milan Linate – London City

AZ204 Rome Fiumicino – London Heathrow

AZ207 London Heathrow – Rome Fiumicino

British Airways

BA had originally planned to operate a full schedule to Italy on Sunday, with some flights to Northern Italy retained to avoid the period of industrial action.

However, due to its worldwide computer systems outage on Saturday which has led to a substantial number of cancellations on Saturday there may well be residual delays and cancellations on Sunday.

The best way to keep track of your booking is to download the BA app on your smartphone. You can also check live arrivals and departures information on ba.com (when it is up and running).


easyJet has advised it has cancelled 14 flights to and from Italy on Sunday. There’s more guidance on the easyJet website.


Ryanair has yet to publish any guidance for passengers.

Are you looking for more up to date information on possible flight disruption? Visit our Disruption Advisory Page for more information.

2 thoughts on “Expected disruption due to Air Traffic Controllers’ strike in Italy on Sunday 28 May 2017”

  1. Did the strike actually go ahead. Due to leave Verona Verona airport on the 28th but flight put to Weds 31st.

    1. The airport was very very quiet on the Sunday, my brother in law had to take hire car back, so it must have gone ahead as it was so quiet!

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