ROME - More than 100 Alitalia flights from Rome and Milan were cancelled yesterday as the airline entered its eighth day of a strike, the airport news agency Telenews reported.

Rome-Fiumicino airport was worst hit, with 69 flights cancelled for the day. Although the action hit mainly internal routes, some international flights such as the Rome-New York service were also hit.

Another 40 flights were cancelled at Milan-Linate airport.

The latest cancellations came a day after some 60 flights by the troubled airline were scrapped at the two airports because of the strike by pilots and other staff.

They are protesting a takeover deal by investor group Italian Air Company, or CAI, which would involve the loss of 3,250 jobs and revised contracts for the pilots and other air crew. The group made a binding offer last month for the air passenger transport activities of Alitalia, which was put in special administration in August.

The airline, which is 49.9 percent state owned, is losing about three million euros ($3.8 million) a day.Italy's government has said it will seek disciplinary sanctions for the workers and unions involved.