New strike action hits flights in Portugal

New strike action hits flights in Portugal TAP is among the airlines forced to change schedules

Airline passengers travelling to and from Portugal are set to experience delays as air traffic controllers in the country begin three days of strikes.

Flight schedules – including those at British Airways and TAP Portugal – have been altered to avoid strike periods, while thousands of other passengers are expected to experience disruption.

Portuguese Air Traffic Controllers plan to walk-out today between 07:00-09:00, 14:00-16:00 and 21:00-23:00 with a 24 hour strike planned for tomorrow, carrying on disruption into the weekend.

A similar pattern of action is planned for May 24th and 25th.

Ryanair has condemned the strikes, saying it will mean cancellations and delays for thousands of passengers.

“The summer schedules in Europe are just weeks’ old and already the Portuguese Air Traffic Controllers will be engaging in three days of strikes,” said Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara

“The solution to this problem is simple: remove their right to strike in exactly the same way that Air Traffic Controllers in the USA are prevented by law from striking.”

A statement from the British Foreign Office read: “Disruption to flights to and from Portugal on these dates may be experienced as a result.

“Travellers are advised to contact their travel company or airline for further information.”