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Alitalia strike a PR disaster, says boss

dpa logodpa 22/09/2016 Miriam Schmidt

A strike at Alitalia has caused the cancellation of 150 flights and, according to the struggling Italian airline's boss, a PR disaster.

A strike at struggling Italian airline Alitalia has led to delays and disruption for passengers.

Some 150 flights were cancelled on Thursday at the key Fiumicino hub in Rome alone, according to news agency ANSA, with passengers stranded in long queues.

Pilots and flight attendants are refusing to work for 24 hours in protest at planned redundancies.

The strike has put the troubled airline under further pressure, and elicited an open letter from Alitalia boss Cramer Ball to passengers.

"The strike makes absolutely no sense. It damages everything that we have set up in the past months, and ruins our image," he said.

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