Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

Trash collection goes high tech

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users react to escalating violence in Gaza

Read more

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

  • Major differences remain as deadline looms in Iran nuclear talks

    Read more

  • Germany vs Argentina - history and genius clash in World Cup final

    Read more

  • Israeli navy attacks Hamas base as tanks line up along Gaza border

    Read more

  • Germany’s Tony Martin wins ninth stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • French military to extend Mali 'counterterrorism' operations into Sahel

    Read more

  • Boko Haram claims Nigeria attacks and supports Iraqi militants

    Read more

  • Paris’s Bastille Day fireworks ‘an homage to victims’ of WWI

    Read more

  • French court lifts mayor’s ban on Muslim hijab at beach

    Read more

  • Shells land in Russia as eastern Ukrainians flee fighting

    Read more

  • Rival Libyan militias exchange heavy fire at Tripoli airport

    Read more

  • Holland beat hosts Brazil 3-0 to finish third in World Cup

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament fails to agree on new leadership

    Read more

  • Afghan presidential candidates agree to full vote audit, Kerry says

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • Video: Outrage in wake of deadly Casablanca buildings collapse

    Read more

Business Europe

Strike leaves Alitalia flights grounded

©

Latest update : 2009-01-08

Italy's ailing carrier Alitalia was forced to cancel 114 flights after ground personnel fearful of losing their jobs started a wildcat strike. Alitalia is expected to sign an alliance with Air France after its takeover by an Italian investor group.

AFP - A wildcat strike by Alitalia workers Thursday forced the Italian flagship airline to cancel 114 flights, the airport news agency Telenews reported.
  
Part of the airline's ground personnel held a general assembly at Rome's Fiumicino airport for several hours early Thursday, Telenews said.
  
The action by workers fearful of losing their jobs when Alitalia is relaunched as a private airline next week caused the cancellation of 63 departing flights and 51 Rome-bound flights, Telenews said.
  
Several hundred passengers were affected by the action, which could resume in the afternoon, the report said.
  
Alitalia was saved from the brink of bankruptcy by an all-Italian investor group, the Italian Air Company (CAI).
  
After months of tense negotiations with the unions, CAI finalised a takeover plan involving 3,250 job losses in mid-December.
  
The deal to acquire Alitalia's passenger operations for 1.052 billion euros (1.43 billion dollars) involves merging the airline with domestic rival Air One.
  
Jettisoning unprofitable routes, the new company will serve 23 domestic and 47 international destinations, of which 13 will be intercontinental.
  
The new Alitalia will operate 670 flights a day, compared with 1,050 previously.
  
The success of the relaunched Alitalia will depend heavily on a foreign partner, and the European giant Air France-KLM is expected to acquire a stake of up to 25 percent.

Date created : 2009-01-08

Comments

COMMENT(S)