Lisbon Portela Airport Strike
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Lisbon Airport Security strikes

Aeroporto de Lisboa Aeroporto da Portela, or Aeroporto da Portela de Sacavém. 
Escape route:-Daily train to Madrid.


​You should know flights to and from Lisbon Portela could be delayed by:-

A general strike is being planned for 30 May, 2018 This strike will include dock workers, ferries will be tied to port.

Air traffic control in Barcelona will strike randomly summer 2018.

French air traffic control again see Easy Travel report for this and Lisbon Ferry strike next month.

2 May, 2018 Vueling strike this week Thursday and Friday. (Expect more strikes as this issue has not been resolved)
Vueling site has a list of cancelled flights
Then also on the week end French air traffic control strike

23 April, 2018 We have some strike actions that you might find useful that will effect your flight to and from Lisbon Airport.
First if you are flying to Spain, Barcelona air traffic controllers will strike intermittently throughout the summer of 2018. First strike and only one announced so far is on Wednesday 20 June, 2018.
Causing more disruption Italian air traffic control strike is planned for Tuesday 8 May, 2018.
Both of these strikes, expect your flight to be delayed, merged, brought forward or even cancelled. Strikes will cause disruptions around the network worldwide.

Lastly perhaps you need to know Vueling airline strike dates in April and May 2018.

Good luck and stay in contact with your airline. Expect shortage of hotel rooms and shortage of rental cars. Do your homework, check out your compensation allowances and competing airlines you might have to take.
For updates Easy Travel Report
​Ryanair issues are still not resolved.

Lisbon Metro Strike - Metropolitano de Lisboa
Federation of Transport and Communications Trade Unions (Fectrans) call strike action for:-
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Lisbon Metro

​Ryanair Portugal Strike
Ryanair Portugal strike Sunday, 1 April, 2018. Passengers left basically stranded. Next flight out available on Ryanair is Tuesday or Wednesday. Next strike is Wednesday, 4th April. Crews came in from Spain and Eindhoven to cover flights. All will be investigated.

Update:-28 March, 2018 Ryanair respond. Airline will likely reduce planes based in Portugal if union strikes over Easter

Ryanair Portugal
Announced today Thursday 15 February, 2018 Ryanair Portugal cabin crew union workers will strike for three days somewhen in the last two weeks of March and then in the beginning of April.

Union CGPT, communist leaning union, 750,000 members threaten strike action Friday 12 January, 2018.
Ryanair pilot and management meeting 3 January 2018

Another possible airport security strike New Years day.

Lisbon Portela Strike
by airport security workers.
​23 December, 2017 Late yesterday airport security workers at Portuguese airports handed in strike notice. 
How exasperating.
Strikes are planned for 24th and 25th of December. Nationwide. No airport excluded.
If leaving from any Portuguese airport get to the airport early, a lot earlier than usual. You don't want to get caught behind long queues and miss your flight.
Call your airline, perhaps they have plans for you.


​These strikes all cancelled.
13 December, 2017 We have some travel news that might effect your flight from Lisbon Portela.
Ryanair Portugal will strike for 24 hours, Wednesday 20 December 00:01 - 23:59hrs.
Also do you need to know about Vueling strike action, British Airways, Iberia Airlines, Madrid airport security and Orly Airport strike?

TAP Airline flight attendants union SNPVAC state no strikes are planned over Christmas.
See Easy Travel Report for updates

23 August 2017 SATA strike cancelled
Portuguese passport control strike (SEF) cancelled.
Even more bad news for you
10 August 2017 Announced yesterday, SATA Air Azores and Azores Airline crews will strike every day from this Friday every time management breaks rules and regulations. Mainly, flight crews sometimes have no idea if they are coming home for the night. (Crew shortages).
Regarding strike next week, 23 - 26 August, company has stopped selling tickets two days before and after strike action, protecting passengers from over booking. Best stay in close contact with this people morning, afternoon and evening. Call before going to the airport.

Yet another SATA strike
SATA and SATA Azores airline strike
SATA Air Açores 9 Islands will have flights cancelled or delayed. Ponta Delgada always gets hit badly as with Lisbon Airport.
National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) old issue still not resolved.
Airline cabin crews will strike from Wednesday, 23 August 2017 till Saturday.
Group SATA is making all efforts possible to minimize any inconvenience that may occur from this situation SATA Make sure you contact them ASAP
Email us your news. Follow along with us Easy Travel Report


Are you familiar with the passport control strike? Portuguese Passport Control 
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.

Old strikes from 2017
Couple of strike actions you need to know. Groundforce baggage handlers Wednesday 26 July, 2017 and Lisbon Metro strike

​Portuguese Airport Security Strike
This week-end 23rd and 24th June, 2017
SITAVA union workers from,
two airport security companies Prosegur and Securitas will strike for 48 hours. All airports will be involved including Azores and Madeira.
Likely to have skeleton crews working. To get through airport security quicker, put everything in luggage, keep hand luggage to a minimum. If leaving from Portugal get to your airport minimum three hours before your flight for updates see Easy Travel Report


More aggravation for you.
TAP Express subsidiary for TAP Portugla formerly known as Portugalia airlines is on strike from Saturday 10 June, 2017 till Tuesday the 20th of June 2017.

Follow along TAP Express Strike
​See who else is on strike in the aviation business in Portugal Easy Travel Report

Are you an easyJet passenger? Stay in close contact with them as Portuguese airline cabin crew workers and ground crews have strike action planned this month. 
It’s possible EasyJet will bring in foreign crews.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, May 27, 28 and 29th, 2017 follow for this and other strike actions Easy Travel Report

SATA Strike
SATA Strike Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2, 2017

Lisbon airport strike by
Portuguese Airport Security Strike
More news to give you aggravation. 
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

SATA Strike

Update:- Tuesday, 2 May 2017 No one blinked today. Airline still grounded except for the few guaranteed flights. (You see the new strike dates above right..)

Update:-Monday 1 May, 2017 Various numbers out for SATA flight cancellations today we will go with the worst. 
11 flights canceled today over the network. 15 delayed 2 cancelled in Lisbon today, so far? 100% participation by workers. Not looking good for tomorrow. 
Weather today also causing delays reporting, Horta/Flores/Horta connection a flight scheduled under the minimum service decree.
Azores Airlines Lisbon/Pico returned to Lisbon due to weather and rescheduled for Tuesday.

Do you have any news for us? 
Thanks Penny

SATA Azores and SATA International
Sata cabin crew union National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) have put in strike notice for
Monday, Tuesday, May 1st and 2nd.
It’s not just flight attendants, reservations, and ground crews.
Flights to Ponte Delgada and Terceira and the mainland will be assured with TAP Portugal EasyJet and Ryanair.
Minimum service Lisbon - Pico, Lisbon- Horta
Your flight will likely be brought forward, delayed or even cancelled. More information out closer to strike date

Old strike actions for 2017 (already!)
Portuguese Airport Strike
Lisbon 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 Thursday 13 and Easter Monday 17th April.
Two hour strikes daily at the beginning of shift. (Perhaps 3 shifts a day?)
On the Thursday, 13th 11:30am - 2pm. Just in time to mess with Easter travelers. 
Airports effected Porto, Funchal and Porto Santo. Regardless of your airport leave early to get through security so you don't miss your flight. Lisbon and Porto on the Thursday, 13th workers will strike 11:30am - 2pm.
Ports will also be affected. Issue over wages, has been going on for a year or more.


Other workers giving themselves extra time off, check before you leave the hotel.
Monuments and museums workers will strike April 14 and 15th.


​Lisbon airport strike
Strike by airport cleaners 13 February 2017. Bring TP, hand sanitizer yuck. Contingency plan in place, hopefully you won’t notice any disarray

​Strikes from 2016
    Portuguese Airport Security 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:-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
Updating here or Home page

Wednesday 26 October 2016 Portuguese airport security strike is still on for tomorrow. 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 - Madeira, Porto Santo.

Old news and gone by
Lisbon Airport - Lisbon Portela Airport, Porto Airport, Funchal and Porto Santo
Groundforce baggage handler strike


You should know Air France cabin crews are striking as with second busiest airline in France Aigle Azur this week and next. 
Add to this Spain’s Air Europa strike by pilots.
New French general strike is being planned.
For this and other travel strikes

Portugal Baggage Handlers Strike
July 1, 2016 Good news, TAP reported late last night that strike had been cancelled.

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 for updates

Last year 2015 disruptions
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.

Lisbon Airport - Lisbon Portela Airport
21 July 2015 Announced today Groundforce baggage handlers at Lisbon airport will strike Friday, 31 July 2015 between the hours of 9am to 2pm/3pm? (local time) Airport will have a contingency plan, minimal disruptions expected...
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
Old strikes fosr 2015
4 May 2015 We feel your pain. It's day four of the TAP Air Portugal strike. It's only going to get worse this week follow along with us at
Easy Travel Report or our TAP page

Old strikes for 2014
​20 December 2014 EasyJet strike by French crews only Easy Travel Strike

19 October 2014 We have some air strikes you might want to know about that may effect your travel plans to and from Lisbon Airport.

Lufthansa pilot strikeEasyJet Strike and Tap Airlines

Italian air strikes and general strikes in Belgium and Morocco see ETR
German Railway strike issues still not resolved

Old industrial actions for 2014
20 September, 2014 Air France pilot strike has been extended till 09/26. Three flights to Paris cancelled tomorrow.

  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.

          TAP Pilot Strike
26 July 2014 TAP airline pilots will strike Saturday, 9 August 2014. Strike will last 24 hours. Call them Follow along with us TAP Airline Strike page.
You might find:-
Lisbon airport bars and restaurants will be closed 7, 8 and 9 August.

Old labor strikes for 2014
8 June 2014 Flights from Lisbon to the Azores will be delayed or even cancelled due to Sata Air Azores strike June 18 - 28, 2014.Follow along with us SATA Strike Call them asap. SATA 

28 January 2013 Majour Pan European air traffic control strike this week. Follow along with us at Easy Travel Report
Here's what ANA has to say.
Tap Airlines has announced cancellations.
Taking a cruise? Lisbon port is on strike. Expected to spread to other ports.


Last years industrial actions 2013
Baggage Handlers Strike
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.
Old industrial actions
Portuguese EasyJet strike
Easyjet pilot strike, 5 days - 24 hours each.
Friday, December 13, 2013 
Tuesday, December 24th 
Thursday, 26th December,
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 31st and New Years Day.
Easyjet flies from Portugal - Lisbon Portela
Flights to:-Amsterdam, Asturias, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Bristol, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Funchal, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Venice-Marco Polo.
Flights from Madeira to Bristol, Lisbon and Gatwick.
(Easyjet likely to bring in pilots from other nationalities to fill void)
Follow along with us Easy Travel Report

​Old Industrial Actions at Lisbon Portela
​             SATA Airlines Strike
Workers SATA affects the National Union of Workers in Civil Aviation (SINTAC) today announced a strike of overtime and public holidays between September 1 and December 31

   Portuguese Baggage Handlers Strike
Portuguese Baggage Handlers Strike
28 August, 2013 Portuguese baggage handlers strike has been postponed for talks. Lucky you. We will be monitoring the situation.
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
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) Call your airline and follow along with us Portuguese airport strike page

Old Industrial actions
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. Perhaps a go slow is in effect. Still looks like flights are slowly getting back to normal in 
June 27, Lisbon Airport being hit hard today due to the Portuguese air traffic controllers strike. Several in bound and outward bound flights were canceled. Strike to last till midnight.

Old industrial actions
SATA Strike

SATA Azores and SATA International pilots and cabin crew have voted to strike on:-
Tuesday April 23, 2013
Wednesday April 24

Thursday April 25 (How ironic, you are held captive on Freedom Day, national public holiday)

Thursday May 2, 2013
Friday May 3
Saturday May 4
Who else is on strike today?
Tap Portugal   Faro Airport  Toronto Airport
Portuguese air traffic controllers strike
SATA Airlines strike threats   
What's your airline up to?
What's your airport up to?
Shaky Airline Status for next time
Travel Industrial Action strike this week 2017

March 6, 2013 Lisbon Airport back in the news today. TAP Airline will strike March 21-23. SATA Azores unions will also join in. More details to be announced. We will be up dating.

Old strikes
15 August 2012 Today across Portugal a baggage handlers strike by 850 workers who work for ground handling company Portway and service Lisbon, Faro, Porto and Funchal airports. The news reports that only one flight has been delayed from Lisbon an Orbest flight. 

Old News
Update 4 July 2012 TAP Pilot Strike  

Update:-28 June Airport Gods are with you this week.  Portuguese air traffic controllers and airport workers have cancelled strike planned for this week replaced with negotiations. You got lucky perhaps, others not so well as TAP alone cancelled 150 flights in preparations, costing them a bundle. Still TAP and SATA Airlines pilots threaten strikes for next month.

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 - 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 2012 (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).

Update:-17 May Some 200 flights cancelled at Lisbon airport today.

May 2012 is a tough month traveling to and from Portugal this year. Make sure your airline has your cell number. Call them frequently to confirm your seat. We do up date our front page often.
Not just airlines it's airports and trains.

Lisbon Airport strike by:-
Portuguese air traffic controllers and airport workers. We suggest booking a hotel at both ends of your trip. Expect flight delays or even cancellations. Here is what TAP says for the 17 and 18 May.
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). Here's what TAP has to say for the 11th.

Don't forget SATA Airlines may strike 18,19 and 20 of May more

If you are flying in or taking a train to a Portuguese airport check if your train is running.


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