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November 21, 2017

Air Travel: Strikes in Italy, New Flights to Pittsburgh


Flights that could disrupt air travel in Italy lead this week’s news in the meetings and events industry. 

Strikes to Disrupt Travel in Italy Into December

A number of strikes could disrupt air travel in Italy into early December. 

According to our partner publication Travel Agent, Friday, December 1, airport personnel will strike for 24 hours at airports in Milan. December 7, staff at Alitalia will stage a strike for 24 hours. Another, nationwide 24-hour strike is scheduled for December 15, while train staff are planning an eight-hour strike for December 17.

Thus far no major airlines have issued travel waivers as a result of today’s labor action, or the strikes planned through December.

Alaska Airlines to Add Only Nonstop Daily Flight Between Seattle and Pittsburgh

In flight news, Alaska Airlines has announced it will add nonstop, daily service between Seattle and Pittsburgh next fall. 

This new service is currently the only nonstop flight offered from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Pittsburgh International Airport, the airline said. The new route provides a link from the West Coast to the business community in Pittsburgh, which is continuing to grow as more technology companies look to establish a presence in the city.

The new flight will begin September 6, 2018, departing daily from Seattle at 8:25 a.m. and arriving in Pittsburg at 4:10 p.m. (all times local). The return flight will depart Pittsburgh at 5:20 p.m. and arrive in Seattle 7:50 p.m. Alaska Airlines said it will operate the new service on Boeing 737 aircraft. 

Bookings for the new flight are open now. 

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