Alitalia Cancels Hundreds of Flights as Workers Walk

Hundreds of flight cancellations disrupted air travel in Italy on Friday, as Alitalia workers walked off their jobs in a 24-hour nationwide protest.

The ANSA news agency reported that Alitalia planned the cancellation of 225 domestic and international flights at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport for the day.

At Milan's Linate and Malpensa airport, 228 flights had already been scrapped, ANSA said.

Alitalia and airport officials declined to give exact figures while the protest continued.

The walkout, which started at midnight, involved pilots, flight attendants and ground workers with Italy's flagship airline.

Alitalia, which is 49.9 percent government-owned, has been hit by a series of strikes by workers fearing job cuts and other austerity measures at the cash-strapped airline. The government is seeking investors to buy a controlling stake and come up with a turnaround plan.

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