SATA International and 
        SATA Azores Airline Strike

SATA Air Açores. Overseen by Azores government

See SATA Face book page  Sata Website

Portugal, SATA Azorean International airline 

Who else is on strike today?  TAP Iberia EasyJet 
What's your airline up to?
Shaky Airline Status
Travel Industrial Action strike this week 2013 
Airport Strikes

26 December Airport workers causing two hour delays, try to relax, bring a book. Feel bad for the passengers who have connecting flights. This nonsense to go on till January 6, 2014

Portuguese Baggage Handlers Strike
Update:- 24 December TAP not expected to be effected. Portuguese airport authority wants you to come to the airport early and call to confirm flight.

December 21, 2013 SATA Airline strike since Thursday. Flights delayed 2 1/2 hours on average. Go slow industrial action on and off till January 6th, 2014. 90% of workers participation.
National Union of Civil Aviation (SINTAC)
See our front page for Groundforce strike

Here is an old article RELEVENT translated from DN

Old stuff some still relevant
September 7, 2013 Couple of strikes you should know that are coming up that might delay your flight. Tuesday, September 10, French air traffic control strike and on October 17 Pan European air traffic control strike. Both likely to send ripples around the nework.

                   Sata Strike
September 2, 2013 Sata Strike update:- SATA workers are on strike to overtime on weekends and holidays, an outage that began at 0.00 am on Sunday and should last until December 31. Sources of the unions and the company ensures that the strike will not have "major consequences" for the company, unless there are "irregularities in flight."                

                       Sata 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 ie:-
Monday10/06/2013Portugal Day
Thursday 15/08/2013Assumption of Mary
Saturday 05/10/2013Republic Day Portugal
Friday01/11/2013All Saints
Sunday01/12/2013Portuguese Restoration War
Sunday08/12/2013Immaculate Conception
Not a public holiday - Tuesday, December 31, New Years Eve?
(TAP workers might be sympathetic)

​Old industrial actions
Portuguese Baggage Handlers Strike
Update:-28 August, 2013 Strike has been postponed for talks.  Lucky you, now it's some other travellers problem. We will be watching to see what the talks bring.

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

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.

Old issues
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 boardTaking advantage of yesterdays strike and a go slow in effect today. Still flights are slowly getting back to normal in.

* 9 June 2013 French air traffic controllers strike this week, other countries atc will be striking that includes Portuguese air traffic controllers. Dates and times for Portugal we don't have yet.

            Portuguese General strike - 24 hour
June 4, 2013 Sata International and SATA Azores 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.  
Another scenario flights might be cancelled for a few hours, then air traffic controllers another four hours....
May 24, 2013 Good news, SATA International (only) pilots sign a preliminary agreement with management.
May 8 No strike action in the news today.
Sata will offer daily flights from Boston this summer.

May 7 Couple of flights cancelled today Lisbon - Horta and Ponta Delgada to Amsterdam due to aircraft malfunctions.  Otherwise all has been quiet.

May 2 Strike is on, minimal service in effect 
SATA site Will last till Saturday. 
What's unions next move?

May 1 Management usual mandatory "We are open for negotiations". Strike will start at midnight tonight. Neither party flinched.

Question from a viewer. When is the deadline for canceling May 3 Flight 4220 and receiving refund? Anybody?

April 30 Country wakes up to an earthquake, 5.9 Richter scale. Epicenter, ocean 60 kilometers south of Sao Miguel Island. It was not the baggage handlers going back to work at João Paulo II Airport - Ponta Delgada.

Sata unions and management will sit down for a meeting this afternoon. Fingers crossed. Update:-Meeting lasted 7 hours, no changes.
April 29 We've got an update today via a frustrated fellow traveler. New SATA info up.

April 23 Exhausted Sata and probably TAP passengers put on a ship to the islands today and bad weather rtp and rtp
Portuguese Football Federation cancel games planned for SATA strike days.

April 17 SATA management sends the five unions involved in strike action letters. Management basically stating they are open for negotiations. Hoteliers receiving cancellations.

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

Let's hope this blows over, still early enough to make a deal with management.

Portugal TAP Airline Sata Easter baggage handlers Azores dispute see TAP

20 March 2013 SATA pilots agree to a deal. Strike is cancelled. Nice Easter gift. Flights ready to go.

15 March late this evening TAP Portugal cancelled strike. We don't know about SATA yet, hopefully they also will cancel.
15 March 2013 Update:- Here's what we've been waiting for
and here is the translation 
and here's what TAP have to say.
Sata says call them Contact Center (+351 296 209 720) or your travel agent.
Point of no return has happened, in other words if they cancel strike, expect delays while planes get back to airports and crews come together. 

March 6 SATA Açores and SATA Internacional will strike with TAP airlines. Tap strike to strike are March 21-23.
SATA website recommending Contact Center (+351 296 209 720) or travel agents.
Will post more information as it becomes available. Check your travel plans to airports, Portuguese trains and subway's striking this month.

            SATA International 
" Pre-warning strike "
The National Union of Flight Personnel Civil Aviation delivered notice of strike to be held indefinitely, beginning on February 14, decreeing it to all flights SATA Internacional.
Looking for more information.

Old industrial actions
November 7, 2012 Sata warns passengers who are traveling November 14 to change flight for another day.
Pan European Day of Strike Action

Old Stuff
30 July 2012 Announced today's strike has been cancelled.

SATA Air Azores 
Cabin crew will strike for four days. 
Tuesday and Wednesday 31 July or 1 Aug
Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August 2012
Call them. No air traffic will be going back and forward to the islands. Call them ASAP, particularly if taking a SATA International flight, connecting.

 15 June 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."

Update:28 June 2012 Good news for Portugal. Portuguese air traffic controllers and airport workers have cancelled strike planned for later this month. SATA pilots threat still on. 
19 June 2012 New couple of issues you should be aware about if traveling this summer with SATA.

1. 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." Tap Airlines pilots also threaten strike. 

Portuguese airport workers and air traffic control will strike Portugal and Madeira 
Portuguese air traffic control strike and other Portuguese airport workers will strike
29 June - 3 July.
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).

Old Stuff
The NAV of workers in mainland Portugal and Madeira will be on strike on 29 and 30 June and 3 July, from 06:00 to 12:00 and from 18:00 to 22:00, returning to stop the 01 and 02 July, from 06:00 to 12:00 and 17:00 to 21:00.

NAV at the premises of the Azores, the strike will cover the 29 and 30 June 03 July (for the three days between 05:00 and 11:00 and between 17:00 to 21:00), 01 and 02 July (from 05:00 to 11:00 and 16:00 to 22:00).

pilots threat to strike:-
27,28,29 April, May 11,12,13,18,19 and 20
(New dates in Portuguese's air traffic control strike 

9 May Update:-New Portuguese airport strike 18 May

8 May This time it's your time to have some luck. SATA pilots May 11,12 and 13 called off. Still on however is 18,19 and 20 May.

25 April 2012 Update:-First of the three strikes has been cancelled. You got lucky. See article at Portuguese American Journal    

No times given, think anywhere from 24 hours or random 2-3 hours. EasyJet Madrid will also strike 27 April week-end.

Update:23 April All parties met today, no deals made.

Update:-Thursday 19 April latest is all parties will meet next Thursday 26 April to put a stop to the strike. Cutting it close. 

Update:-Wednesday 18 April Today it's announced that SATA Açores will join in 10-13 May. If talks don't succeed then you will be stranded in the Azores. 
By the way this co-incides with Feast of the Holy Christ of Miracles.

Update:-Monday 16 April No news out yet, except SATA will fly new route to Munich.

Monday all parties will meet that's management and Union of Civil Aviation pilots (spac)

This will not clash with any Portuguese air traffic control strikes. They "should end" 26 April, unless of course they are renewed, highly possible.

SATA International Portuguese airports that may be involved will be Funchal, Ponta Delgada, Terceira Lajes, Santa Maria, Porto Francisco sa Carneiro, Lisbon Portela de Sacavem, Faro and Horta.

SATA International flights from could be cancelled:-
Denmark, Ireland, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, UK, Netherlands, Grand Canaries, Sweden. Check this site out ch.aviation

12 April announced today SATA International airline and SATA Açores pilots threat strike.

Friday 27 April 2012 (same day as Iberia Airlines strike)
Saturday 28 April 2012
Sunday 29 April 2012

Friday, 11 May, 2012 (same as Iberia Airlines strike)
Saturday 12 May 2012
Sunday 13 May 2012

Friday 18 May 2012 (same as Iberia Airlines strike)
Saturday 19 May 2012
Sunday  20 May 2012

As you can see by this list SATA International has extensive routes.''

January 16, 2010 European Investment Bank has given EUR 37 million loan to SATA Air Azores to buy four brand spanking new fuel efficient turboprop planes. Will replace those old junks. Aircraft will be based in Ponta Delgada. Nice, see you are valued.

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