Tags: Alitalia, Travel Alert Share Source: The Associated Press 24-hour strike causes Alitalia to rebook 90% of passengers MILAN — Alitalia unions are mounting a 24-hour strike to protest job and salary cuts that are part of the new plan to relaunch the struggling Italian airline.The carrier, which is controlled by Emirates-based Etihad Airways, said the strike Wednesday was forcing the cancellation of 60% of flights. It said it was using bigger aircraft on its busiest routes and that more than 90% of passengers had been rebooked.Unions say the plan announced last month lacks credibility with a view to short-term savings without a longer-term growth plans.The Italian news agency ANSA says the government has been meeting with the Italian shareholders, which control 51 per cent of the airline, to come up with an investment to help the airline return to health. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Cunard’s QE2 bid farewell to America today in a poignant celebration befitting the company’s longest serving liner, recognized as the most famous ship in the world. On her 710th and final call to New York, the iconic passenger vessel elegantly sailed through New York Harbor for the last time, escorted by the U.S. Coast Guard and FDNY Fireboats, meeting her sister ship Queen Mary 2 for their final Royal Rendezvous at the Statue of Liberty before departing in tandem for Southampton, England.“It is most fitting that QE2’s farewell to America be celebrated in New York, the city Cunard has called our North America homeport since 1847 and the setting for so much of the Line’s history,” said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.