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Disruption for passengers after Windjet stops operating

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Disruption for passengers after Windjet stops operating

(ANSA) - Rome, August 13 - Windjet passengers are facing disruption after the cash-strapped Sicilian low-cost carrier Windjet suspended operations at the weekend. Alitalia and other carriers are helping put Windjet passengers find alternative flights, but the travellers must pay a supplement. At Rome's Fiumicino airport, some 200 Israeli nationals, scheduled to fly to Tel Aviv spent Saturday night at the terminal while other flights to Italian cities were also cancelled. Further disruption looks likely as about 300,000 passengers hold Windjet tickets for upcoming flights. Alitalia said Monday it had re-routed 5,800 Windjet travellers and has added 20 extra flights to its Sicilian schedule. A crisis centre has been set up by Italy's aviation authorities to help stranded passengers during the August holiday season. Windjet's website on Monday merely directed passengers to call a helpline. The company has been struggling for some time.

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