updated 5/3/2007 3:30:35 PM ET 2007-05-03T19:30:35

Alitalia's flight attendants walked off their jobs Thursday, forcing the Italian airline to cancel more than 350 flights.

The 24-hour strike would affect 30,000 passengers, Alitalia said when it announced last week that it would cancel 202 domestic and 154 international flights.

Flight attendants at Alitalia are in contract renewal negotiations. The ailing Italian airline, which reported widening pretax losses in 2006, has been battered by a series of strikes as well as high fuel costs and competition from low-cost airlines.

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