Who else is on strike today?
What's your airline up to?

Airport Strikes    
Shaky Airline Status
Travel Industrial Action strike this week 2018

Once strike is announced it will be toooo late to buy travel insurance.

​27 June, 2018 You should know website Preferente states Tap has cancels more than 50 flights from this Sunday to Tuesday from Lisbon and Oporto airports. Reason being shortage of crews by the media.  Most effected flights to Morocco, Rio at Humberto Delgado Airport Lisbon. Last Sunday saw 40 cancellations. (I would think with all these air traffic control strikes going on, should be saving TAP a ton of money, if planned wisely)
Check back with us for more updates. You should also know TAP codeshares with two airlines that threaten strike action. Croatia airlines strike and Brussels airlines strikes.
For this and French air traffic control strikes and Italian air traffic control strikes see Easy Travel Report 


12 June, 2018 See our front page for CP rail strikes and Lisbon airport metro station closing Easy Travel Report

Are you flying into Lisbon Airport? Perhaps you need to know Lisbon Metro strike is planned for Thursday 19 April, 2018.

Wednesday 28 March, 2018 Pilots reiterate to SPAC union keep negotiating.
Today over the TAP network 16 flights were cancelled and 87 delayed. Pilot flight delays, pilot pressure,  should be over with today.

Tuesday 27 March, 2018 overall 14 flights cancelled and 72 delayed. From 7am yesterday, Monday TAP cancelled 36 flights and no reason given. Cancellations included long hauls and short European flights.

25 March Sunday Chaos at Lisbon checkin.

15 March, 2018 Pilot's meet with SPAC pilot union and instruct them to keep negotiations going.

TAP Portugal Strike
Friday, 2 February, 2018 Cabin crew union SNPVAC cancel strike action. 

Sunday 21 January 2018 First strike action for the year so far.  
TAP Portugal cabin crew union - National Union of Flight Personnel Civil Aviation (SNPVAC) have called for strike action the week-end before Carnival starts Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8, 9 and 10th February, 2017.

Management state strike is illegal. (May take this long worn out issue to court, although union has given plenty of notice) 

Judges will decide closer to the date on minimal service details. Previously TAP has cut back flights but merged passengers into larger rented jets with rented crews.

Union also threatens strike action in March. Stay in close contact with them. 
​Come back we will update as the news comes in.

Flight attendant union live up to promise and did not strike over Christmas and New Year.

Last year 2017 strike actions.

23 December, 2017 So sorry to tell you. Yesterday evening Portuguese airport security workers have called for strike action on 00:01 hours Christmas Eve and ends 23:59 hrs Christmas Day. Get to your Portuguese airport earlier than usual. You don't want to get stuck in security and miss your flight. Call your airline they may have plans for you. Take minimal hand luggage.

Airport security also threaten strike action New Years Day.

We have a couple of travel updates for you.
Are you flying to Italy this month? Several strikes are planned Easy Travel Report

TAP flight attendants union SNPVAC state no strikes are planned over Christmas. This is good news for this airline's passengers as it's been a yearly event over the years.

​is planned for Tuesday, 5 December, 2017. All cities in Brazil will be hit by public transportation strikes. Stay in close contact with your airport and airline. Follow along with us at Easy Travel Report for updates


 Passport Control Strike
The inspectors of the Aliens and Borders Service (SEF) will be on strike Thursday and Friday, August 24 and 25, 2017.
Hours, times to be announced. 
Are you changing to a SATA airline? Flying to Barcelona? 
For updates see
Easy Travel Report

Old strikes from 2017
Are you taking the LisbonMetro to Lisbon Airport? Lisbon Metro Strike - Metropolitano de Lisboa
Workers will strike for 24 hours -
Tuesday 1st August and Thursday 3rd of August, 2017. Trains will power down the night before 11:30pm or earlier. Perhaps you also need to know Lisbon Metro Green line, Arroios Station closed for repairs till 2019 MAP

June 2017 Whose not on strike in the Portuguese aviation industry!

Portuguese Airport Security Strike
This week-end 23rd and 24th June, 2017
SITAVA union workers. Airport security companies Prosegur and Securitas workers will strike for 48 hours. All airports will be involved including Azores and Madeira. If leaving Faro Airport come minimum three hours early, carry nothing in your carry-on to help the security check move faster. Arrivals be prepared for a wait and stay in close contact with your airline. Any updates will be Easy Travel Report front page
TAP has several notices up

Now it's TAP subsidiary TAP Express formerly known as Portugalia Airlines is on strike from 
from Saturday 10 June, 2017 till Tuesday the 20th of June 2017. 
Follow along with us at TAP Express Strike

TAP Portugal Airline Strike
Announce today an unheard of strike by The Union of Aviation Workers and Airports (SITAVA) union workers.

These workers will make TAP airline passengers life hell from the June 3, 2017 to October 1, 2017. 
TAP Portugal had a 35% increase in passengers this April and this way they are thanked. Stay in touch with TAP Portugal airline your flight could well be delayed or brought forward
For updates Easy Travel Report

Old strikes for 2017
​ Portugal Airport Security Strike
(Are back)

Saturday 29 April, 2017 Portuguese airport security, Union of Aviation Workers and Airports (Sitava), Prosegur and Securitas company workers threaten strike action between May 13 -17th at all Portuguese airports. 
This includes Azores and Madeira May 12th and 13th May when the Pope visits Fatima shrine.
May 13 -17, 2017 union is arranging 24 hour strikes. 
Get to your Portuguese airport at least three hours early. Bring minimum hand luggage to get through customs fast. Stay in close contact with your airline. 
This is an old dispute which has been going on what seems like for years. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail at the last minute and knock sense into them.
Don't expect news out till 24 hours before strike action is to take place. We will update on either here or Easy Travel Report
This new public holiday may effect your travel plans as well -
Papal holiday declared, country to shut down May 12, 2017 Portugal news

​Last strike action
Portuguese Airport Strike
Portuguese Airport Security Strikes
Monday April 3, 2017 Announced today The Union of Aviation Workers and Airports (SITAVA) announce partial strikes over Easter.
Easter Sunday is the 16th.
Strikes to take place between 13 and 17th April.
Two hour strikes daily at the beginning of shift.
On the Thursday, 13th 11:30am - 2pm. Just in time to mess with Easter travelers. 
Airports effected Porto, Funchal and Porto Santo.
Ports will also be affected. Issue over wages, has been going on for a year or more.
TAP  SATA  Check back with us we will update.
Are you flying to Argentina this week? Argentinean General Strike planned for this and other strikes that may effect your travel plans www.easytravelreport.com


TAP Pilot Strike
Nothing in the news about this strike, perhaps pilots are on a go slow.

National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel has given strike notice from 18th March to 18th of April. More news to come.
Is your flight being affected by French air traffic control strike?

Last years strike actions 2016
Portuguese Airport Strike
Portuguese Airport Strike

Portuguese Airport Strikes
Monday 26 December 2016 Here’s the latest. The Union of Aviation Workers and Airports (Sitava) - Strikes this week are cancelled, baggage and airport security.Talks to begin again end of January. Good news.

Update:-Friday 23 December Here's an announcement from Portuguese Airports, don't bring hand luggage. Porto and Madeira airports to take brunt of strike action on Christmas Eve.
More information at Easy Travel Report
​This morning Lisbon had some fog delays. See weather for this week.

Update:-Wednesday, 14 December Strike action defined some what today.
New December 24 Groundforce workers National Union of Civil Aviation (SINTAC)
(Will update)

Baggage handlers
Starting Wednesday 00:01 hrs December 28 Groundforce and Portway workers, baggage handlers nationwide will strike ending midnight December 30th Friday.

Airport Security Strikes
December Tuesday, 27 and Thursday, 29th
Where did we get this info, you ask Sicnoticias.sapo.pt

Saturday December 10, 2016 Union SITAVA who represent 1, 300 Groundforce and Portway ground workers and Prosegur and Securitas (airport security) companies at Portuguese airports threaten strike action between Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December.

Airlines are held hostage till meeting planned for Monday, 26th December is over and result announced.

Last Portuguese airport strike in August of this year saw Faro, Lisbon and Porto airports hit badly. Fewer check points, increased wait time to get through security. Causing delayed access to boarding areas. Flight delays of 90 minutes causing passengers to miss connecting flights and having to re-book flights on the fly. Waiting passengers were given water and snacks.

Collective Bargaining Agreement ends July 31, 2017. SITAVA union looking to secure wages increase over the next two years.

Ports will also be affected by this strike.

Groundforce provides service to 150 airlines, along with baggage handling, cleans aircraft, airport security, maintains equipment and ground transport.

We recommend you get to the airport a lot earlier than usual regardless and stay in close contact with your airline. (I'd go four hours early to get through security so you can read a book while you wait for your delayed aircraft! Perhaps strike will be certain times through out the day, rather than a complete standstill, fingers crossed) Mothers, bring more baby food and diapers than usual.

Good news SATA airlines has signed a deal with SITAVA union members who work for Groundforce this week. SATA passengers will now just be subject to security strikes alone, every little helps! We will update, 

Wednesday 26 October 2016 Portuguese airport security strike is still on for tomorrow. Tap passengers likely to brunt of strike action. Strike concentrated in Lisbon Airport. 

4 October 2016 Private security workers will strike at Portuguese airports for 24 hours on Thursday, 27 October, 2016
These workers handle x-ray scanner and security belong to Federation of Industry and Service Unions (FETESE)

Get to your Portuguese airport minimal of four hours early to get through security. Might be tricky if you are connecting with a flight from Porto, Funchal - Madiera, Porto Santo.


Portugal Baggage Handlers Strike
July 1, 2016 Baggage handler strike was cancelled last night see TAP

June 9, 2016 Portuguese baggage handlers will strike July, 1, 2 and 3 nationwide.
Union involved SITAVA, handling companies to be involved Groundforce, Portway, out sourced workers and temps. 5,000 workers in this sector 1,300 in SITAVA union. 
You know the drill, stay in touch with your airline, just take carry-on. All airport’s in Portugal will be hit
www.easytravelreport.com for updates

Last years disruptions
Lisbon Airport - Lisbon Portela Airport, Porto Airport, Funchal and Porto Santo
Groundforce baggage handler strike
Saturday 29 August and Sunday, 30 August, 2015. Call your airline.
Handlers have not had a pay raise since 2008.

Lisbon Ferry Strike Action
Soflusa link between Barreiro and Terreiro do Paco in Lisbon
and Transtejo link between Cacilhas and Cais do Sodre
Lisbon ferry strike September Monday, 7 and Tuesday 8th.
Strike will last three hours per shift.

Old strikes for 2015
21 July 2015 Announced today Groundforce baggage handlers at Lisbon airport will strike Friday 31 July 2015 between the hours of 9am to 2pm (local time)
Handlers have not had a pay raise since 2008.
Perhaps you need to know Spanish air traffic control strike is still on for this weekend

11 June 2015 Deal made TAP Portugal sold to Gatway Consortium led by David Neeleman., founder of Jetblue and Brazilian airline Azul Reuters Will be successful if union let's it.

​Tap sale
Come on, you've got till 5 pm, May 15th to get your bid in.
Citigroup Inc has been chosen by Portuguese government to oversee the second attempt to sell this airline. 
66% of TAP will be sold. Buyer must agree to 1 billion euros that's $1.2 billion of liabilities, provide new money and keep all employees for 30 months.
Government hopes to sell the airline by June 2015. 

28 May 2015 Civil Aviation Pilots’ Union (SPAC) president, Manuel Santos Cardoso resigned today.
Spain baggage handlers strikes and air traffic control strikes easytravelreport.com

   Strike May 1, 2015 - ending May 10, 2015
​TAP Notice up
TAP Face Book
TAP Twitter Feed

What's going on at Porto not pretty

New owner to be announced 28 May, 2015

​22 May, 2015 No new strikes have been announced.

Monday 11 May, 2015 Pilot union members meet today meet with all other unions that work for TAP. (You know they are scheming something - bad)

Sunday May 10 Final day of the strike, cancellations don't let up, 64 today by 1pm. Nothing out in the news regarding pilot meeting that should be taking place today. 

Friday May 8, 2015 Pilots to hold meeting Sunday. Today 70% of flights are expected to leave.

Wednesday 6 May, 2015 Reminder if you change to Lufthansa. German national rail strike is going on. Not much in the news so far today. Pilots union has deep pockets, enough money to pay members for another 5 days of strikes if necessary. 
Union must give ten days notice of any new strike action. 
Delays now will be higher due to pilot's now need rest time. 

Tuesday May 5, 2015 70% of flights expected to leave today TAP

​Rumblings in the media today. Head of pilot union announces new measures will be announced. Will the strike be extended? Will it involve the public holidays next month?

If you are flying to Germany today and can get a flight with TAP you will be hit by a German Rail Strike. Later in the week Italian airport workers causing problems Easy Travel Report We still love you!

Monday May 4, 2015 TAP Portugal expected to fly similar to yesterday. So far 20 flights have been cancelled todya. Company loosing extortionate amount of money daily but also saving a huge amounts of money by not flying - fuel, salaries.

​Update for Sunday's flights. 272 scheduled 83 cancelled. Portugalia flights took the brunt of the strike action.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 Porto Airport yesterday was hit the worst by Portugalia pilots. Today, Sunday same thing 9 aircraft grounded. Lisbon 5 flights had been cancelled by 10am. TAP hoping to get 120 flights off today.
Predictions are that by day 7, with all the rules and regulations that pilot's face plus the minimal service regulations and rest times flights will be harder hit with delays. TAP reassure passengers that it will not ensure flights at the expense of the pilot's who are not striking. 

Seems like passengers are getting the run around at Porto Airport. Passengers wait as long as 6 hours rtp.pt

Friday May 1, 2015 Today 75% of flights left. This amount is expected to decrease as strike goes on.

Thursday April 30, 2015 Strike still on.
Is this possible?
Viewer tip:-
Phones to TAP offices are not responding, deliberately un-contactable. Agents grumble screens show no flights cancelled by TAP, meaning no cancellation refunds will be allowed. 

Tuesday April 28, 2015 The Arbitration court declared minimum services for TAP and Portugalia pilot strike.
Demanded that all air connections to the archipelago of the Azores, three daily flights to and from Lisbon - Funchal. 

However not set, minimum services to Spain, A Coruña, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga, Oviedo, Sevilla, Valencia nor to Colombia and Venezuela, the latter with a Portuguese community estimated at about 120,000.

Estimation of 7 Million euro losses per day. Only 276 flights will fly over the ten day strike.
Publico has a painfully small list up

Only one flight daily to and from France, Belgium, Luxembourg, UK, Italy, Stwitzerland and Germany. (looking to confirm this)

​Mozambique flights Club of Mozambique
Angola will have one flight to and from a day.
Brazil two flights per day to and from.

Found this article, very informational from

27 April, 2015 Deputy Prime Minister Paulo Portas in New York Stock Exchange hard at work with the tough task of looking for investors, buyers ... anybody. Not an easy sell with this strike hanging over negotiations.

24 April, 2015 Nothing out about minimal service yet. Union warning 90% of pilots (hostage takers) will strike.

23 April, 2015 A third of TAP pilot's are not on board with this strike. 985 pilots, 786 are union members. (That's 786 pilot's vs thousands of passengers, doesn't seem fair does it. Should be the other way around. The damage that 786 people can do to a countries economy is astounding.  Let alone little old you. Who just want's to go on holiday, sit in the sun with the kids and support the local economy. Sorry, i'll shut up, sometimes it just gets to me. I'll look at this later and delete it)

16 April, 2015 Sure enough announced today TAP Air Portugal pilot strike and subsidiary airline Portugalia (PGA) pilot's.
Strike from May 1, 2015 -  ending May 10, 2015.

TAP asking you to change your flight. Minimal service will be in effect and has yet to be announced. You will be competing for a seat with another 350,000 passengers. You can always get a voucher for later use or refund. Going with another airline will cost you know doubt.
Perhaps you need to know Italian air traffic control strike is coming up. Chile - Lan Express, Latam subsidiary Strike. CP Rail and Lisbon Metro have been on and off striking in 2015. French air traffic controllers strikes.

7 April, 2015 Tap Airlines flights to, from and over French air space will be delayed, cancelled or brougth forward due to French air traffic controllers strike in April and May 2015.

You should also know that talks between pilots and TAP management have come to an impasse.
Not good.

Old strikes for 2014
30 December 2014 Government commends unions on attitude. TAP Airline carried 112,700 passengers over the four day strike. Airline losses kept to 6.5 million euros.
Minister of Economy Antonio Pires de Lima 
grows a backbone and fights for you. Unions, get spanked.

Friday, 19 December 2014 Portuguese Government imposes “Labor Requisition” rule not used since 1991. Employees can now be fired or have criminal charges taken against them. 70% of workers will be required to show up for work. This decision will guarantee essential services for general public over the holiday season, 1,141 flights are expected to fly over the four day strike. 
Airline is 1.227 billion in debt, last strike saw a loss of 5 million euros daily. 20,000 of the 130,000 passengers have now changed travel plans. (Normal operations? I doubt it)
​​11 December 2014 Announced today. TAP airline employees will strike this month.
December, 27, 28, 29 and 30th. No times posted yet. Will update. (Living up to reputation)
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 Economic minister will have a news conference at noon. Minister accuses union of lying. Cabin crew union wishes to pull out of document platform that was sent to the minister yesterday. You can't make the stuff up. Damage is done. Strike is still on.
Metro strike starts tonight in Lisbon 23:15 to 06:30 tomorrow morning.

Monday, 15 December 2014 Still waiting
​Update today:- Issue not over. More negotiations to take place. Union send own economic plan to economic minister. Strike threat still hanging over passengers heads. Some five thousands passengers have changed flights already out of a possible 120,000.

Friday 12 December 2014 Strike called off. Management offer a deal. Union meetings to take place Monday whether or not to take the deal. 

​11 December 2014 Announced today. TAP airline employees will strike this month.
December, 27, 28, 29 and 30th. No times posted yet. Will update. (Living up to reputation)
December 8, 2014 TAP subsidiary Portugalia strike action
Friday, December 12, 2014 length?
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Update:-30 November 2014 Tap strike is still on for this week along with Belgian railways and Lufthansa airlines. 180 TAP flights cancelled so far Easy Travel Report

Update:-1 November 2014 98% of flight attendants went on strike.
Update:-Friday, 31 October, 2014 Unfortunately some 2,500 passengers could not be contacted by TAP regarding tomorrows strike action. 291 flights were due to leave tomorrow, only 135 will go.

Update:-Wednesday, 29 October, 2014 Economic and Social council:- Only one flight to and from Funchal, Terceira Azores and São Paulo.
Cabin crew union members will meet on Thursday and Saturday.
​Ryanair offering cheap flights for TAP passengers. "Tap Portugal Rescue Fare" 99 euros. (they have to make up for the 8 million euro fine given to them by the French).
Routes offered
Lisbon - Rome, Milan, Marseille, Brussels, London and Paris.
Manchester - Faro
Lisbon and Oporto

Update:-Tuesday 28 October, 2014 TAP state they have managed to contact only half of the passengers who are due to fly over these couple of strike actions. 

National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) two sets of strikes planned:-
Thursday 30, October 2014
Saturday 1, November 2014
Sunday 30, November, 2014
Tuesday 2, December, 2014
See Easy Travel Report front page for more strikes.
Last time TAP cabin crew had a strike was 14 years ago. 

Old industrial actions
8 October 2014 TAP Airlines to hire 36 new pilot's. Will be ready for next summer rush. Applications open till October 17th. That will loosen things up.

              Lisbon Metro Strike
Metropolitano de Lisboa have called for partial strike for Wednesday,10, September, 2014. 5am and 11am for workers and between 8:30 - 12:30 for senior technicians and administration workers.

Announced today 10 September, 2014 Lisbon Metro workers announce new 24 hour strike Thursday 25
September. Make sure you have plans for to and from Lisbon Airport, be prepared for extra traffic on the roads, traffic jams, shortage of parking spaces. Taxi's hard to find.
21 September 2014 Air France strike has been extended flights to Lisbon have been cancelled several times over.
16 September 2014 Sale of Tap has been suspended. Government "continue to monitor market conditions"
Article from The Portugal News.com you might find useful.
The Portuguese arbitration court said return flights to mainland Portugal and the islands would have to be ensured, along with 11 connections to Portuguese-speaking countries or where there were large emigrant communities.

Update:Sunday 10 August, 2014 22,000 passengers flew today. Company state not much more than normal number of passengers.

Update:-Saturday, August 9, 2014 Today while some passengers scramble. Pilot union state some pilots have been in short "railroaded" into flying some trips under the minimal service rule. Union now threaten lawsuit adding to this contentious labor dispute Publico
By the end of the day 80% of operations were guaranteed. 18 long-hauls went out, more than required by law of minimal service to Brazil, US, Colombia and Panama. Flights coming back to Portugal from abroad were not canceled. 
Update:-August 8, 2014 Here's what TAP has to say today, lists flights to go.
The Arbitration Court of the Economic Social Council have chimed in:-
This court defined what and where minimal services should take place. TAP pilots will by law have to fly to countries where a significant Portuguese immigrant community live ie:-
United States - Lisbon - Newark - Lisbon
France -  Lisbon - Paris - Lisbon
Mozambique - Lisbon - Maputo - Lisbon
Switzerland - Lisbon - Geneva - Lisbon
UK Lisbon - London - Lisbon
Angola - Lisbon - Luanda
Belgium - Brussels - Lisbon - Brussels
Brazil - Lisboa - Brasillia - Lisbon

Azores and Madeira 
Lisbon - Horta/Lisboa
Lisbon - Funchal - Lisbon
Lisbon - Porto - Lisbon

SPAC labor union considers this excessive, almost undermines labor strike.

(I wonder how do they choose who get's on these flights?)
Update:-August 7, 2014 So far 27,000 of the 42,000 passengers have changed TAP ticket. Lisbon airport bars and restaurants will be closed 7, 8 and 9 August. Pilots apologize.
New:-Add to this. Porto Airport baggage handler will strike 8 - 9:30 am and 6:30 - 8pm on Thursday 7 August. Call your travel agent or airline ASAP.
Palma de Mallorca baggage handler strike August

Announced today 26 July 2014 TAP airline pilots will strike Saturday, 9 August 2014. Labor strike will last 24 hours, 00.00 - 24.00. Call them or your travel agent. Here's what TAP has to say. TAP Twitter page. Your flight will either be brought forward, delayed or even cancelled.

26 July 2014 rtp.pt reports today that 266 passengers are stranded in Maputo since last Thursday due to a malfunction on an Airbus. Passengers expected home by Sunday 
TAP changes operation due to the delay in the delivery of the new aircrafts SEE CANCELLATIONS

TAP has announced the expansion of its network by reinforcing some preexisting destinations and adding 11 new routes.

In order to support such a growth, the company contracted 6 Airbus aircrafts to add to its fleet: two A330, for the long haul flights, two A319 and two A320 for the medium haul flights.

Due to reasons beyond our control, there was a delay in the delivery of the aircrafts. Consequently, it was necessary to reprogram our operation and contract other airlines aircrafts.
The changes in our operation are being transmitted to our passengers through our Contact Center, as long as there is a contact number registered on the reservation.

Nevertheless, TAP fully intends to fulfill its commitments to its passengers. Therefore, and in order to minimize the inconveniences that this situation may cause, we kindly request our passengers, with active reservations for the flights mentioned bellow, to contact TAP directly in order to ensure the best possible alternative. 

If the reservation was made via a travel agency, we kindly request our passengers to contact the agency directly.

List of canceled flights for the next days:
17 July 2014 What's going on with TAP lately?
Malfunctions and over capacity. Two major engineering malfunctions this past week see travel.iafrica.com  
Most passengers are griping about flight cancelations. Airline for once, has been operating successfully and was not ready for the boost in passengers and new routes being so popular.
Lastly French airline Air France workers are planning a twenty four hr strike 2 August. Your seat if flying to from France will be priceless. Yes, slight exaggeration. Just confirm your flight will you!
11 June 2014 TAP passengers should no a French air traffic control strike is being planned for June 24-29, 2014 Follow along with us 
French air traffic control strike


8 June 2014 SATA Air Azores has announced a strike from June 18 -28, 2014. Tap Airline fly to some of the airports that SATA does. 

So stay on top of things make sure you confirm your flight.
It's possible Air Azores employees might handle your baggage? 
Follow along with us Sata Azores Strike
Try them see what they say   
http://www.sata.pt/en/sata/contact-center and of course see what TAP have to say. (Let us know)

Old industrial actions for this year
25 March 2014 Union Verdi announced today that Frankfurt strike has now spread to Munich, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hannover, Hamburg and Stuttgart airports. Strike to start early Thursday 7am and go till 2pm. Flights likely to be back to normal by noon Friday. Call TAP.

17 March 2014 French air traffic strike planned for tomorrow. Airlines asked to reduce flights to and from France by 20-30%.  
Wednesday 19th March French baggage handlers strike.
10 March 2014 Heads up. Flights to Ireland - Irish airport strike see Dublin Airport Strike and French air traffic controllers have a strike planned for the 18th March.
17 January Announced today European air traffic control strike dates. See our front page.
Countries joining in, France, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary. Portugal - Portuguese air traffic controllers will strike Wednesday, 29th January 7 - 9am and 2-4pm. (UTC times) Minimal service likely to be in effect to the islands. Will hit SATA Azores also and perhaps SATA International flights.
So long 2013 industrial actions
Portuguese Baggage Handlers Strike
Update:- PM Get your translator on Sol.Sapo
Update:- in am 24 December TAP not expected to be effected. Portuguese airport authority wants you to come to the airport early and call to confirm flight.
Groundforce  baggage handlers strike
The Workers Union Aviation and Airports (SITAVA
Tuesday, 24 December, 2013
Tuesday, 31 December, 2013
Groundforce provides service to 150 airlines, along with baggage handling, cleans aircraft, airport security, maintains equipment and ground transport. 

TAP Airlines in hot water for letting 74 Syrian passengers with fake passports from Guinea-Bissau to Lisbon on December 10, 2013. Air route has now been cancelled.

SATA Airlines is also in trouble
Old strikes
Portugal - Portuguese Customs and Immigration Strike
Not good news if traveling in and out of Portugal. Four day strike by customs and immigration officials is planned. Expect long lines at Portuguese airports and ports, as much as 2 hours. Come early to the airport. 
Strike starts Thursday November 21 - Monday 25 November, 2013.
​Azores not effected.
Check TAP Twitter stream
Old industrial actions 2013
September 2013 Next month October 10, 2013 Pan-European air traffic control strike. Portuguese air traffic controllers will strike along with French atc. Your flight will be brought forward, delayed or even cancelled. Call your airline.

Portuguese Baggage Handlers Strike
Update today. Strike has been postponed, for talks. Lucky you.
28 August 2013 TAP hope to fully functioning over the three day strike. See TAP Portugal facebook page        

22 August 2013 Groundforce baggage handlers back on strike. This time it will be three days. Last strike only hit Lisbon airport, with minimal delays. In other words strike was not as successful as they intended. Not enough worker participation.
Portuguese baggage handlers will strike
August 30, 31 and
September 1st.
No times given yet. Follow along with us Groundforce strike

Old industrial actions
August 16, 2013 Lisbon Portela hit the worst yesterday, flights were delayed from 20 mins to three hours. Porto Santo and Funchal were not effected.

12 August 2013 Portuguese Groundforce (baggage handlers) workers will be on strike this Thursday, August 15, 2013. Workers have concerns over health and their status as human beings. (How strange, what does it mean? This is the exact date as last year, next year will be a Friday and will draw more concern. PS Public holiday Assumption of Mary) Strike ends at midnight if the 15th.

Old Industrial Actions
July 18, 2013 TAP cabin crew union (Sindicato Nacional do Pessoal de Voo da Aviação Civil) have a disagreement with management over a (7 year old issue ) number of flight attendants per flight. No strike notice has been given.
Old issue
Update:-Friday, June 28 Today we learned Lisbon airport is still in a state of confusion. TAP flights were still not back to normal in the afternoon. Flights leaving three hours late. Here is a link for Faro departure board  and Lisbon departure board. Taking advantage of yesterdays strike and a go slow in effect today. Still flights are slowly getting back to normal in.
26 June Portuguese air traffic controllers state flights to Porto, Santa Maria, Ponta Delgada and Lajes will not be effect by strike. Save all your receipts.
June 25, 2013 Yes, we've all been itching. Waiting for news. First Portuguese air traffic controllers will strike. Starting 23:00 Wednesday night till 23:00 Thursday night. Minimal service will be guaranteed to the islands, Terceira, Ponta Delgada and Funchal. More news from controllers to come out 9AM tomorrow!! Grr. Mean while TAP airline and it's passengers are being held hostage. Keep an eye on TAP and SATA sites. 
Minimal service will be guaranteed for public transportation, metro, buses and trains. Know doubt it's going to be difficult moving around Portugal on Thursday. 
Other information that may pertain to you.  Brazil has called for a general strike also for Thursday. Corsican SNCM French ferry company, although vague about date, 26, 27 or 28 bad news for Tour de France participants.

Portuguese General strike - 24 hour
June 4, 2013 TAP flights will be upset Thursday, June 27, 2013. 
Portugal will have a general strike that day. So Your flight could well be brought forward, cancelled or delayed. Strike will likely effect flights starting night before, Wednesday evening. Strike will be over by Friday noon and flights back to normal shortly after. Flights to the Islands, Madeira and Azores might be down to one a day. May 28, 2013 Tomorrow, If flying to Italy Milan's airports Linate and Malpensa will be on a 24 hour strike.

Way old industrial actions, strikes
           Yes, April TAP Strike CANCELLED. 
Now you have to deal with SATA airline workers in the Azores

April 23, 2013 Exhausted Sata and probably TAP passengers put on a ship to the islands today and bad weather rtp and rtp
April 19 TAP Airlines announce today that flights between Azores and mainland are likely to be compromised by the SATA Azores airline strike. TAP flies to Ponta Delgada, Terciera, Pico and Horta. TAP airline, just like you has no idea what is going happen till Monday and stated as much today. Arbitral Tribunal have issued minimal service from Ponta ie one flight per day by SATA Azores.
Follow along with us on SATA Strike and Ponta Del Gada pages.
29 March Portugal TAP Airline Sata Easter baggage handlers Azores dispute Here's TAP'S press release from last week:-
TAP cancels flights to Azores next Saturday and Sunday due to handling operator's strike

Due to handling employees’ strike at Azores airports, TAP is forced to cancel flights tomorrow, March 29th, and Sunday, March 31st, with origin or destination in this autonomous region.

TAP will operate extra flights, on 30th of March and 1st of April, in order to transport all passengers affected by this situation. see TAP
20 March 2013 SATA pilots take deal. (No no , not true) Much to the relief of the Canadian passengers.
19 March TAP pilots agree to cancel strike as long as government agrees with certain conditions which must include SATA pilots.

18 March 2013 Flight attendants union SNPVAC has agreed to discontinue strike.
15 March Late this evening unions and management  have come up with a deal.  Union leaders to bring details to union members in the week. 
15 March 2013 Update:- Here's what we've been waiting for rtp.pt
and here is the translation 
and here's what TAP have to say
(If you dare,check out the flight sale)

12 March Update:- Some 21,000 reservations have been cancelled. Strike still on, all parties are talking.

Thursday March 21 - March 23. (Easter Friday March 29) Pilots and flight attendants, 12 different unions in all. Not a lot of information out yet. We suggest changing flight plans. Who knows if it's going to be planned as 8 hour strike here, 2 hours there or all day long. Minimal service will be in effect. (That may change) Largest ever protest march in Portuguese history over the weekend. Nothing up yet on TAP site. Union will present transport minister with a one way ticket back to Canada. Also striking airlines SATA Açores and SATA Internacional
Hope on the horizon perhaps Brazilian government might buy them
February 22, 2013 Union meetings to be held March 1 by pilots, flight crews, handling, engineers. Government will not budge in negotiations. Only one offer came in to buy the airline, Brazilian investor, which was rejected. Sorry state of affairs.
7 November Tap flights in and out of Madrid Barajas will be effected by Swissport baggage handlers strike. follow along

5 November Tap Airline telling passengers to
re-book for European day of action 14N Strike, European Strike, Wednesday, 14 November.  See Tap site

27 September  2012 TAP up for sale
likely buyers IAG (own Iberia and BA)
Lufthansa and Avianca - Taca, Brazilian. Only one offer made by a Brazilian investor, offer denied.

Airline to be sold by the end of the year. I hope you are not booked with them for the holidays. If so, get travel insurance. Book a hotel at your airport at either end of your trip. Only cancel when you know you are safely online for your flight. Make sure you've got room on your credit card for unexplained expenses. Save all receipts. Issue will not be civil with employees. Your Christmas holiday is under a serious threat.

11 August SATA Azores strike was cancelled.

18 July 2012 Make sure you confirm your seat as SATA Azores is going on strike end of this month, passengers will be after your seat!

4 July Update:-European strike,
TAP PILOT STRIKE CANCELLED, CALLED OFF. ALL STRIKE DATES CANCELLED. YOU ARE GOOD TO GO. Have a safe holiday(Think of us, behind a desk, while you are on the beach yuckin it up..grrrr) TAP had to cancel 46,000 bookings in preparations for this strike. TAP Pilots state 
"not making substantive, or the strike has no connection with the privatization" and who are driven only by the "defense of business and ethical principles, justice, labor and essential rules of the rule of law ". Bla Bla Bla.

4 July 2012 Update today on pilots strike. You should know Portuguese government is working hard to stop this strike.  On Monday TAP management filed an injunction to make strike illegal.  So far they've had no response. TAP expect 97% of flights to be cancelled. Here's where it gets interesting.
"On Tuesday, the Arbitration Tribunal decided that  TAP will have to make during the strike scheduled for nine days, return flights to Portugal flights to and from the Autonomous Regions, and several for Angola, Brazil, France and Switzerland."
By law they have to some flights flying. At the moment it's not looking good for leaving Portugal from any Portuguese airport.  This is where we are getting the information from Sicnoticinas    
Please let us know if you have any good information for fellow passengers. We will be scouring the Internet for you.

28 June 2012 Update:-Good News for Portuguese airport travel. Portuguese air traffic controllers and airport workers have cancelled strike in place of more negotiations. Unfortunately some flights by TAP had to be cancelled in preparation for this strike. All in all things are looking up. (except for threat by pilots of course!)

20 June 2012 Out today another new issue with The National Airline of Portugal, Transportes Aereos Portugueses, TAP pilot strike
5 - 8 July and
1- 8 August. More information to come.
PS SATA Airlines also threaten strike later this month, so confirm your seat with TAP as passengers maybe scrambling for seats.
19 June 2012 Unfortunately Portuguese air traffic control and airport workers are striking again at the end of the month. We will be updating as the news comes in. This is the first news. 

Portugal and Madeira 
Portuguese air traffic control strike and other Portuguese airport workers will strike
29 June - 3 July 2012
Friday 29 June 06:00 to 12:00 and from 18:00 to 22:00
Saturday 30 June 06:00 to 12:00 and from 18:00 to 22:00
Sunday 1 July 06:00 to 12:00 and 17:00 to 21:00.
Monday 2 July 06:00 to 12:00 and 17:00 to 21:00.
Tuesday 3 July 06:00 to 12:00 and from 18:00 to 22:00
All Portuguese airport workers will be on strike 2 July in the morning only. If you are flying in/out Portugal on the 2 July, change your flight now at your convenience and not someone else's. 

29 and 30 June, 3 July (for the three days between 05:00 and 11:00 and between 17:00 to 21:00), 
July 1 and 2 July (from 05:00 to 11:00 and 16:00 to 22:00).
Nothing to do with TAP but, SATA Air Açores Union SNPVAC, gives management 30 days to resolve issues if not "notice of strike for July 31, 01, 10 and 11 August." If traveling on these dates confirm and reconfirm your TAP seat as passengers will be scrambling.

9 June 2012 TAP Air announce they will only have minimal crews on short long-hauls. Similar to low cost airlines.

Old Stuff 
Heads up, attention please.  
Portuguese air traffic control will strike:-
Here's what TAP says for the 24 and 25 May.
Update:-11 May Full turn out by union workers. 11 flights canceled and 300 flights rescheduled. Here's what TAP says for 17 and 18 May 2012
If you are flying during this strike, TAP will let you change your flight free of charge. Expect flight delays or even cancellations. 
11, 17, 18, 24 and May 25 
2 hours per shift from 07:00 to 09: 00, from 2-4 PM and from 9-11PM on the continent and Madeira).


5 April 2012 Lisbon Airport Portuguese air traffic controllers will strike from 6am-8am UTC 12, 13, 19, 20, and 26 April. Short but not sweet, will ripple around network.

22 March Thanks to UGT not joining in Lisbon airport running as normal, TAP airline did not join in. Public transport was effected badly.
Portuguese general strike being planned for March 22, 2012. Madeira, might be one of the first to change your flight before everyone else does.
New disruptions for Tap Portugal, Portuguese air traffic controllers to strike 8 and 12 of February 2012. Your flight will be delayed. LUCKY YOU, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL STRIKE CANCELLED!
European strike,
Portugal General Transport Strike
30 January and 2 February 2012
See our demented travel guide for whose on strike this week!
17 December January Transportes Aereos Portugueses Tap strike  has also been canceled.
14 December Pilots union will meet Friday, 3PM 16 December to decide whether to strike for those January dates.
9 December Tap pilot strike has been HALF canceled. Union has been given sufficient guarantees and that hey have a healthy working environment now. Union suggests to pilots they cancel January strikes as well.
Some 4-10 flights had been canceled or were booked the day before. Flights running normal now.

9 December 2011 TAP strike canceled. Union is recommending pilots cancel strike in January as well. 
Tuesday 3 January 2012
Wednesday 4 January
Thursday 5 January
Friday 6 January

Portuguese railway has announced a strike for Christmas and New Year Easy Travel Report

7 December:-Update TAP Air Portugal pilots, talks broke down, strike is still on. Company states they have 100,000 passengers booked for the first four days of the strike. Call your airline. Press release from TAP Strikes asking passengers to call them (707205700) or travel agent. Some flights being picked up by Portugal Airlines, PGA.

Union also announced today that they will contest this minimal service.
30 November 2011 Portuguese union CGTP declare 
"Week of Fighting"
Monday December 12 - Saturday, 17 December. Expect protests throughout country defined by each sector and region. Trains will be in this.
TAP Strike
TAP Pilots strike
15 November 2011 The Portuguese Civil Aviation Pilots Union announced today a series of strikes.
No times given only dates so far.
Friday 9 December
Saturday 10 December
Sunday 11 December
Monday 12 December
Tuesday 3 January 2012
Wednesday 4 January
Thursday 5 January
Friday 6 January
By law they have to provide minimal service. Some flights will go from the islands, but which?? 

New information for you. Arbitration board state. Minimal service (if pilots let it happen) means:-
Island communities, autonomous region, Madeira, Azores and some long hauls to Luanda and Brazil must fly. A certain percentage must fly by law theportugalnews.com

Old stuff
National Airline of Portugal,
22 November, Yes, your flight will be changed to the day before or after. Flight groundings will change an hr or so either way of original airport strike time, depending on which airport your flying from in Portugal.

Press release from TAP Portugal
11-11-2011 General Strike in Portugal on November 24th

On November 24th a general strike has been scheduled in Portugal, having some of the unions represented in the air transportation sector confirmed that they will join the strike. Therefore and without disturbing flights that may go ahead and the minimum services that will be adjudicated, from now on, TAP informs its passengers of the following:

    No further reservations for flights scheduled for November 24th are being accepted;

    Passengers with flights scheduled for November 24th will be given the possibility to change to other dates;

    New information will be provided as soon as there's new developments.

TAP is joining all possible efforts to minimize any inconvenience that may be caused to its passengers.

20 October 2011 General strike to take place in Portugal Thursday, 24 November, 2011. Same day as last year.  National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) have announced they will also strike causing all Portuguese airlines to strike.
Air Traffic controllers are also joining in the general strike. No set time given so far. Expect to find trains, buses and ferries on strike that day. Taxi's hard to find. Perhaps call your airline to change flight. 

10 June 2011 Tap Air Portugal strike has been cancelled.

3 June How thoughtful. Ryanair sends 10 roses to flight attendants union head. One for each day of industrial action.

1 June Tap Air strike by National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Attendants. Strike over the next ten days.
June 18-20
June 25-26 
July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Let's see what goes on here.  First thought is perhaps strike will only happen within certain hours of the day.

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            Tap Portugal Transportes Aereos Portugueses
National airline of Portugal, based in Lisbon, Portela Airport.  
Member of the Star Alliance group. 

Check your ticket, do you Codeshare  with them on this trip?
Routes to Africa, South America, Moscow and U.S. 

61 Airbus, 88 destinations around the world, 300 flights a day, 38 countries, carries thousands of passengers daily. Some flights are operated by Portugalia Airlines (now TAP Express) or PGA Express.
Oh, one more thing. Strike prone over Christmas and New Year.
Airlines that pick up the slack when Tap Air Portugal strikes -EasyJet, Ryanair, Transavia and Vueling.
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