Azores Airline Strike
Azores Airport Strike

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New troubles for Ponta travelers.

Ryanair Portugal cabin crew workers threaten strike action end of March and beginning of April follow along with us Easy Travel Report It may effect your plans to and from Faro Airport

April 19, 2018 Lisbon Metro strike

TAP Air Portugal
Portuguese airline strike
21 January, 2018 Yes you are right to check back here. TAP Air Portugal have given strike notice for 9, 10, 11th February, 2018 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
Stay in close contact with TAP airline they may merge your flight into a larger plane. Minimal service will be announced closer to the date. 
We will update. They also threaten more action in March.

 (As this is a long drawn out, old bitter issue. I suspect it will go all summer - just speculating out loud)

Union CGPT 750,000 members threaten strike action for Friday 12 January, 2018.

New Years Day, airport security workers threaten another strike.

​Tuesday 26, December, 2017 This strike had little impact, some flight delays today from Ponta

23 December, 2017 Late last night Portuguese airport security workers announce the unthinkable!
Security workers will strike starting 00:01 hours Christmas Eve and end 23:59 hoursChristmas Day. Get to your airport in Portugal earlier than usual. Pack minimal hand luggage and call your airline for any instructions.

13 December, 2017 Portuguese Ryanair will strike Wednesday 20 December, 2017 for 24 hours. 00:01 - 23:59hrs.  Flights to and from Porto, Lisbon and Stansted. Call them.

If you are traveling with British Airways, Iberia airlines or Vueling from Barcelona airport you need to read this
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I have 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, protects passengers from over booking.


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)
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.

Portuguese Airport Security Strike
This week-end 23rd and 24th June, 2017
SITAVA union workers. Two airport security companies Prosegur and Securitas workers will strike for 48 hours. All airports will be involved including Azores and Madeira. If leaving Ponta Delgada 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
Ponta has a notice up

Strikes effecting Ponta Delgada Airport in 2017

SATA Strike
Sata cabin crew union National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) have put in strike notice. (Not just flight attendants, reservations, and ground crews)
SATA Strike Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2, 2017

Update:-31 May 2017 Strike is still on unfortunately. Seven hour meeting yesterday was fruitless. SATA International, Lisbon and Horta flights are guaranteed on the 1st and for the 2nd of June, flights from Lisbon to Horta will be guaranteed. 
SATA Air Azores all regional flights will be working.
SATA advice passengers to change flight for another day or refund. Has strike notice up. Sorry we don't have more information for you at this time, vague isn't it.

Weather is looking great for Thursday and Friday - no weather delays.
Union does not rule out more industrial action in the future.

25 May 2017 SATA group, SATA Azores airlines, SATA Air Acores, SATA airlines remind passengers about the strike action planned for June 1 and 2. Call them. Minimal service will be in effect.
26 May 2017 You should know that SITAVA union for TAP Portugal has announced and insanely long strike all summer. All's vague at the moment TAP Strike.
​If you are flying with Alitalia strike is still on

Flights to Ponta delgada Airport effected by SATA Strike
SATA Strike
SATA Strike Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2, 2017
​Follow for this and other strike actions Easy Travel Report

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
Yet more!
We think this strike may have been cancelled.
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

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. 2 delayed 3 cancelled in Ponta today, so far? 100% participation by workers. Not looking good for tomorrow. Do you have any news for us? 
Thanks Penny

Update:-Sunday 30 April, 2017 Were you one of the lucky ones? SATA flight list

SATA strike update:-Friday 28 April, 2017.  Everything is very quiet isn't it! Expect more information to come from SATA Saturday evening, Sunday morning. After talks Thursday evening union will not rule out more strikes in the near future.
SATA has notice up.
Flight stats

SATA Strike
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.

Are you flying to a Berlin Airport? 2,000 ground workers on strike tomorrow, 8 February, 2017 see

 Old strikes from 2016
Groundforce baggage handlers strike
Portugal Baggage Handlers Strike
June 9, 2016 Portuguese baggage handlers will strike July, 1, 2 and 3 nationwide. Will effect flights from Ponta Delgada.
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

Old strikes from 2015
Groundforce 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
Tap Airlines Strike
TAP has a list of flights up TAP Might effect your flight from Ponta Delgada - missed connections?

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 follow along with us TAP Airline Strike  

Old strikes for 2014
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

Old labor strikes for 2013
​August 26, 2013 Couple of things to tell you today.
Old issue with SATA Azores has not been resolved. Union state workers will strike in the form of, no overtime or working on public holidays from now till the end of the year. SATA Strike. Let's hope this issue doesn't drag on.
Groundforce baggage handlers will strike the end of this month. Baggage handling in Ponta is done by SATA Azores workers, but if you are taking TAP to Lisbon Airport that is where the action will be. Last strike by Groundforce had minimal effect, although it did delay some international flights.

Old industrial action for 2013
June 26 Portuguese air traffic control strike starting midnight tonight till Thursday midnight.
Flights to Ponta Delgada will not be effected. Excellent news. Although flights from the mainland to other countries will be delayed.
10 June You might find Portuguese air traffic controllers on strike this week. They will join in French air traffic controllers strike.  Keep in close contact with your airline. Azores always seems to get hit.
Flying with TAP Airlines? You should know that SATA airline workers are contracted to do ground handling for TAP Airlines.

Flights to United States - Boston and
Canada - Toronto

Update:-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. (TAP fliers follow along with us on our TAP strike page)
Update:-April 18  Union and management met today in Ponta Del Gada. Strike still on.
Update:-April 17 Management tell unions they are open for negotiations, meeting will be held tomorrow.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 Troubled Ponta Delgada Airport, bad news I'm afraid. SATA Azores and SATA International pilots and cabin crew will strike on:-
Tuesday April 23
Wednesday April 24
Thursday April 25
Thursday May 2
Friday May 3
Saturday May 4

Still time for this to blow over. 

Unions:-SNPVAC  Page can be translated and believe it or not you can send a question directly to union.  Tell us how that goes!

Ponta Delgada Airport   SATA Air Açores 

Flights to and from Lisbon, Terceira, Porto, Santa Maria, Horta, Pico, Flores and Funchal.
United States - Boston 
Canada - Toronto
Air Berlin pulls out April 24, 2013
29 March 2013 Portugal TAP Airline Sata Easter baggage handlers Azores dispute see TAP

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