LISBON – At least 21 flights have been cancelled in Lisbon airport on Friday due to a 10-day strike that was called by pilots of Portugal’s national airline, TAP Air Portugal.
“At least 21 flights had been cancelled from that airport by 8am Friday” of the 73 planned, a spokesman for the company said.
In a statement on its website the airline said the strike, that runs until May 10, “will cause difficulties in our regular operation and, for that, we apologize in advance.”
TAP said that an average of 296 daily flights are scheduled to operate within the next few days. However, that will depend on the number of pilots that join the strike.
On its website, TAP made public on Friday two lists, one consisting of thirty flights which are guaranteed by the minimum services defined by the authorities, and the other one with thirty connections that “probably will not be made.”
Portugal’s national airline, which is now undergoing a process of privatization, requests its passengers to verify if their flights are included in the attached list and to check their bookings.
The pilots, in dispute over plans to privatize TAP, said that they protest for a breach of the agreement reached in December with the government to call off a strike in holiday season.
Then, the authorities promised to establish a working group with representatives of the employees of TAP with ability to “influence” the privatization conditions.