Weekend strikes to affect holiday departures

Milan and Lombardy will suffer slowdowns.

Strikes by workers of Trenitalia, Trenord and Italo this weekend will likely hit the plans of travellers beginning their summer holiday, but the air traffic controllers’ strike originally announced for 21 July has been called off at the last moment.

Train schedules will be hit from 21.00 on Saturday 21 July to the same hour the next day. Since only one labour union has called for protest action, the blackout will not be total.

Trenitalia promises that long-distance connections will operate normally, and that every effort will be made to protect regional services, substituting with coaches where necessary. Italo has published a list of guaranteed services on their website.

Milan-based regional network Trenord states that trains departing before 21.00 on Saturday and scheduled to arrive before 22.00 will not be affected. But for the next 24 hours, services will be severely curtailed.  The Malpensa Express serving Milan’s main airport will be substituted by a non-stop coach service to and from Cadorna station; passengers will need to bear in mind that, unlike the train, this route does not continue on to Milano Centrale for connections with the national rail network.

Finally, although the air traffic controllers’ strike has been cancelled, workers at Vueling and Blue Panorama low-cost airlines will strike all day Saturday 21 July, while Ryanair will be hit by strike action on Wednesday and Thursday, 25 and 26 July.