Tuesday 11 November 2008
Mayhem at Rome airports
I am so glad that I am not working here in Rome today!
Since yesterday the Ciampino airport has been closed since a Ryan Air flight from Frakfurt had to make an emergency landing at Ciampino due to bird interferance. As the plane was making its decent, a number of birds hit the plane and got sucked into the engine causing substantial damage. The customers had to evacuate the plane by emergency chutes and seven people were sent to hospital with minor injuries. The plane is now sitting at Ciampino with one part of the engine on the ground. Some flights were to gain entry into the airport, but then the ground staff decided to throw a last minute sciopero (strike) without any warning so now the airport is closed...
Oh and that's not all. Don't forget that Rome has two airport, we also have the main international airport Fiumicino aka Leonardo da Vinci. Since yesterday Alitalia decided at the last minute and again without warning to go on strike, cancelling about 20 flights and leaving thousands stranded. My colleague who has taken over from me has just come back from the airport as she has customers who have been waiting since yesterday to fly home. No one even offered them a bottle of water and no one has been communicating with customers as to when or how they will be re protected on other flights. The issue with Alitalia is basically that they have been taken over by CAI and staff are not happy with the new work contracts.
So yes - as you can see I am very happy that I am not working today in Rome! I think I may see what's on at the cinema...I am a lady of leisure after all.