Once strike is announced it will be toooo late to buy travel insurance.
The Portuguese arbitration court said return flights to mainland Portugal and the islands would have to be ensured, along with 11 connections to Portuguese-speaking countries or where there were large emigrant communities.
Update:Sunday 10 August, 2014 22,000 passengers flew today. Company state not much more than normal number of passengers.
Update:-Saturday, August 9, 2014 Today while some passengers scramble. Pilot union state some pilots have been in short "railroaded" into flying some trips under the minimal service rule. Union now threaten lawsuit adding to this contentious labor dispute Publico
By the end of the day 80% of operations were guaranteed. 18 long-hauls went out, more than required by law of minimal service to Brazil, US, Colombia and Panama. Flights coming back to Portugal from abroad were not canceled.
Update:-August 8, 2014 Here's what TAP has to say today, lists flights to go.
The Arbitration Court of the Economic Social Council have chimed in:-
This court defined what and where minimal services should take place. TAP pilots will by law have to fly to countries where a significant Portuguese immigrant community live ie:-
United States - Lisbon - Newark - Lisbon
France - Lisbon - Paris - Lisbon
Mozambique - Lisbon - Maputo - Lisbon
Switzerland - Lisbon - Geneva - Lisbon
UK Lisbon - London - Lisbon
Angola - Lisbon - Luanda
Belgium - Brussels - Lisbon - Brussels
Brazil - Lisboa - Brasillia - Lisbon
Azores and Madeira
Lisbon - Horta/Lisboa
Lisbon - Funchal - Lisbon
Lisbon - Porto - Lisbon
SPAC labor union considers this excessive, almost undermines labor strike.
(I wonder how do they choose who get's on these flights?)
Update:-August 7, 2014 So far 27,000 of the 42,000 passengers have changed TAP ticket. Lisbon airport bars and restaurants will be closed 7, 8 and 9 August. Pilots apologize.
New:-Add to this. Porto Airport baggage handler will strike 8 - 9:30 am and 6:30 - 8pm on Thursday 7 August. Call your travel agent or airline ASAP.
Announced today 26 July 2014 TAP airline pilots will strike Saturday, 9 August 2014. Labor strike will last 24 hours, 00.00 - 24.00. Call them or your travel agent. Here's what TAP has to say. TAP Twitter page. Your flight will either be brought forward, delayed or even cancelled.
26 July 2014 rtp.pt reports today that 266 passengers are stranded in Maputo since last Thursday due to a malfunction on an Airbus. Passengers expected home by Sunday
FROM TAP WEBSITE TODAY 24 JULY 2014
TAP changes operation due to the delay in the delivery of the new aircrafts SEE CANCELLATIONS
TAP has announced the expansion of its network by reinforcing some preexisting destinations and adding 11 new routes.
In order to support such a growth, the company contracted 6 Airbus aircrafts to add to its fleet: two A330, for the long haul flights, two A319 and two A320 for the medium haul flights.
Due to reasons beyond our control, there was a delay in the delivery of the aircrafts. Consequently, it was necessary to reprogram our operation and contract other airlines aircrafts.
The changes in our operation are being transmitted to our passengers through our Contact Center, as long as there is a contact number registered on the reservation.
Nevertheless, TAP fully intends to fulfill its commitments to its passengers. Therefore, and in order to minimize the inconveniences that this situation may cause, we kindly request our passengers, with active reservations for the flights mentioned bellow, to contact TAP directly in order to ensure the best possible alternative.
If the reservation was made via a travel agency, we kindly request our passengers to contact the agency directly.
List of canceled flights for the next days:
17 July 2014 What's going on with TAP lately?
Malfunctions and over capacity. Two major engineering malfunctions this past week see travel.iafrica.com
Most passengers are griping about flight cancelations. Airline for once, has been operating successfully and was not ready for the boost in passengers and new routes being so popular.
Lastly French airline Air France workers are planning a twenty four hr strike 2 August. Your seat if flying to from France will be priceless. Yes, slight exaggeration. Just confirm your flight will you!
11 June 2014 TAP passengers should no a French air traffic control strike is being planned for June 24-29, 2014 Follow along with us
8 June 2014 SATA Air Azores has announced a strike from June 18 -28, 2014. Tap Airline fly to some of the airports that SATA does.
So stay on top of things make sure you confirm your flight.
It's possible Air Azores employees might handle your baggage?
Try them see what they say
http://www.sata.pt/en/sata/contact-center and of course see what TAP have to say. (Let us know)
Old industrial actions for this year
25 March 2014 Union Verdi announced today that Frankfurt strike has now spread to Munich, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hannover, Hamburg and Stuttgart airports. Strike to start early Thursday 7am and go till 2pm. Flights likely to be back to normal by noon Friday. Call TAP.
Wednesday 19th March French baggage handlers strike.
17 January Announced today European air traffic control strike dates. See our front page.
Countries joining in, France, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary. Portugal - Portuguese air traffic controllers will strike Wednesday, 29th January 7 - 9am and 2-4pm. (UTC times) Minimal service likely to be in effect to the islands. Will hit SATA Azores also and perhaps SATA International flights.
So long 2013 industrial actions
Portuguese Baggage Handlers Strike
Update:- PM Get your translator on Sol.Sapo
Update:- in am 24 December TAP not expected to be effected. Portuguese airport authority wants you to come to the airport early and call to confirm flight.
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.
TAP Airlines in hot water for letting 74 Syrian passengers with fake passports from Guinea-Bissau to Lisbon on December 10, 2013. Air route has now been cancelled.
Portugal - Portuguese Customs and Immigration Strike
Not good news if traveling in and out of Portugal. Four day strike by customs and immigration officials is planned. Expect long lines at Portuguese airports and ports, as much as 2 hours. Come early to the airport.
Strike starts Thursday November 21 - Monday 25 November, 2013.
Azores not effected.
Old industrial actions 2013
September 2013 Next month October 10, 2013 Pan-European air traffic control strike. Portuguese air traffic controllers will strike along with French atc. Your flight will be brought forward, delayed or even cancelled. Call your airline.
Portuguese Baggage Handlers Strike
Update today. Strike has been postponed, for talks. Lucky you.
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
Old industrial actions
August 16, 2013 Lisbon Portela hit the worst yesterday, flights were delayed from 20 mins to three hours. Porto Santo and Funchal were not effected.
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 Assumption of Mary) Strike ends at midnight if the 15th.
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. Taking advantage of yesterdays strike and a go slow in effect today. Still flights are slowly getting back to normal in.
26 June Portuguese air traffic controllers state flights to Porto, Santa Maria, Ponta Delgada and Lajes will not be effect by strike. Save all your receipts.
June 25, 2013 Yes, we've all been itching. Waiting for news. First Portuguese air traffic controllers will strike. Starting 23:00 Wednesday night till 23:00 Thursday night. Minimal service will be guaranteed to the islands, Terceira, Ponta Delgada and Funchal. More news from controllers to come out 9AM tomorrow!! Grr. Mean while TAP airline and it's passengers are being held hostage. Keep an eye on TAP and SATA sites.
Minimal service will be guaranteed for public transportation, metro, buses and trains. Know doubt it's going to be difficult moving around Portugal on Thursday.
Other information that may pertain to you. Brazil has called for a general strike also for Thursday. Corsican SNCM French ferry company, although vague about date, 26, 27 or 28 bad news for Tour de France participants.
Portuguese General strike - 24 hour
June 4, 2013 TAP 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. May 28, 2013 Tomorrow, If flying to Italy Milan's airports Linate and Malpensa will be on a 24 hour strike.
Way old industrial actions, strikes
Yes, April TAP Strike CANCELLED.
Now you have to deal with SATA airline workers in the Azores
April 23, 2013 Exhausted Sata and probably TAP passengers put on a ship to the islands today and bad weather rtp and rtp
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.
29 March Portugal TAP Airline Sata Easter baggage handlers Azores dispute Here's TAP'S press release from last week:-
TAP cancels flights to Azores next Saturday and Sunday due to handling operator's strike
Due to handling employees’ strike at Azores airports, TAP is forced to cancel flights tomorrow, March 29th, and Sunday, March 31st, with origin or destination in this autonomous region.
TAP will operate extra flights, on 30th of March and 1st of April, in order to transport all passengers affected by this situation. see TAP
20 March 2013 SATA pilots take deal. (No no , not true) Much to the relief of the Canadian passengers.
19 March TAP pilots agree to cancel strike as long as government agrees with certain conditions which must include SATA pilots.
18 March 2013 Flight attendants union SNPVAC has agreed to discontinue strike.
15 March Late this evening unions and management have come up with a deal. Union leaders to bring details to union members in the week.
15 March 2013 Update:- Here's what we've been waiting for rtp.pt
(If you dare,check out the flight sale)
12 March Update:- Some 21,000 reservations have been cancelled. Strike still on, all parties are talking.
Thursday March 21 - March 23. (Easter Friday March 29) Pilots and flight attendants, 12 different unions in all. Not a lot of information out yet. We suggest changing flight plans. Who knows if it's going to be planned as 8 hour strike here, 2 hours there or all day long. Minimal service will be in effect. (That may change) Largest ever protest march in Portuguese history over the weekend. Nothing up yet on TAP site. Union will present transport minister with a one way ticket back to Canada. Also striking airlines SATA Açores and SATA Internacional
Hope on the horizon perhaps Brazilian government might buy them
February 22, 2013 Union meetings to be held March 1 by pilots, flight crews, handling, engineers. Government will not budge in negotiations. Only one offer came in to buy the airline, Brazilian investor, which was rejected. Sorry state of affairs.
7 November Tap flights in and out of Madrid Barajas will be effected by Swissport baggage handlers strike. follow along
5 November Tap Airline telling passengers to
27 September 2012 TAP up for sale
likely buyers IAG (own Iberia and BA)
Lufthansa and Avianca - Taca, Brazilian. Only one offer made by a Brazilian investor, offer denied.
Airline to be sold by the end of the year. I hope you are not booked with them for the holidays. If so, get travel insurance. Book a hotel at your airport at either end of your trip. Only cancel when you know you are safely online for your flight. Make sure you've got room on your credit card for unexplained expenses. Save all receipts. Issue will not be civil with employees. Your Christmas holiday is under a serious threat.
11 August SATA Azores strike was cancelled.
18 July 2012 Make sure you confirm your seat as SATA Azores is going on strike end of this month, passengers will be after your seat!
4 July Update:-European strike,
TAP PILOT STRIKE CANCELLED, CALLED OFF. ALL STRIKE DATES CANCELLED. YOU ARE GOOD TO GO. Have a safe holiday(Think of us, behind a desk, while you are on the beach yuckin it up..grrrr) TAP had to cancel 46,000 bookings in preparations for this strike. TAP Pilots state
"not making substantive, or the strike has no connection with the privatization" and who are driven only by the "defense of business and ethical principles, justice, labor and essential rules of the rule of law ". Bla Bla Bla.
4 July 2012 Update today on pilots strike. You should know Portuguese government is working hard to stop this strike. On Monday TAP management filed an injunction to make strike illegal. So far they've had no response. TAP expect 97% of flights to be cancelled. Here's where it gets interesting.
"On Tuesday, the Arbitration Tribunal decided that TAP will have to make during the strike scheduled for nine days, return flights to Portugal flights to and from the Autonomous Regions, and several for Angola, Brazil, France and Switzerland."
By law they have to some flights flying. At the moment it's not looking good for leaving Portugal from any Portuguese airport. This is where we are getting the information from. Sicnoticinas
Please let us know if you have any good information for fellow passengers. We will be scouring the Internet for you.
28 June 2012 Update:-Good News for Portuguese airport travel. Portuguese air traffic controllers and airport workers have cancelled strike in place of more negotiations. Unfortunately some flights by TAP had to be cancelled in preparation for this strike. All in all things are looking up. (except for threat by pilots of course!)
20 June 2012 Out today another new issue with The National Airline of Portugal, Transportes Aereos Portugueses, TAP pilot strike
5 - 8 July and
1- 8 August. More information to come.
PS SATA Airlines also threaten strike later this month, so confirm your seat with TAP as passengers maybe scrambling for seats.
19 June 2012 Unfortunately Portuguese air traffic control and airport workers are striking again at the end of the month. We will be updating as the news comes in. This is the first news.
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 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).
Nothing to do with TAP but, 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." If traveling on these dates confirm and reconfirm your TAP seat as passengers will be scrambling.
9 June 2012 TAP Air announce they will only have minimal crews on short long-hauls. Similar to low cost airlines.
Heads up, attention please.
Portuguese air traffic control will strike:-
Here's what TAP says for the 24 and 25 May. Update:-11 May Full turn out by union workers. 11 flights canceled and 300 flights rescheduled. Here's what TAP says for 17 and 18 May 2012
If you are flying during this strike, TAP will let you change your flight free of charge. Expect flight delays or even cancellations.
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).
5 April 2012 Lisbon Airport Portuguese air traffic controllers will strike from 6am-8am UTC 12, 13, 19, 20, and 26 April. Short but not sweet, will ripple around network.
22 March Thanks to UGT not joining in Lisbon airport running as normal, TAP airline did not join in. Public transport was effected badly.
Portuguese general strike being planned for March 22, 2012. Madeira, might be one of the first to change your flight before everyone else does.
New disruptions for Tap Portugal, Portuguese air traffic controllers to strike 8 and 12 of February 2012. Your flight will be delayed. LUCKY YOU, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL STRIKE CANCELLED!
Portugal General Transport Strike
30 January and 2 February 2012
17 December January Transportes Aereos Portugueses Tap strike has also been canceled.
14 December Pilots union will meet Friday, 3PM 16 December to decide whether to strike for those January dates.
9 December Tap pilot strike has been HALF canceled. Union has been given sufficient guarantees and that hey have a healthy working environment now. Union suggests to pilots they cancel January strikes as well.
Some 4-10 flights had been canceled or were booked the day before. Flights running normal now.
9 December 2011 Strike canceled. Union is recommending pilots cancel strike in January as well.
Tuesday 3 January 2012
Wednesday 4 January
Thursday 5 January
Friday 6 January
7 December:-Update TAP Air Portugal pilots, talks broke down, strike is still on. Company states they have 100,000 passengers booked for the first four days of the strike. Call your airline. Press release from TAP asking passengers to call them (707205700) or travel agent. Some flights being picked up by Portugal Airlines, PGA.
Union also announced today that they will contest this minimal service.
30 November 2011 Portuguese union CGTP declare
"Week of Fighting"
Monday December 12 - Saturday, 17 December. Expect protests throughout country defined by each sector and region. Trains will be in this.
TAP Pilots strike
15 November 2011 The Portuguese Civil Aviation Pilots Union announced today a series of strikes.
No times given only dates so far.
Friday 9 December
Saturday 10 December
Sunday 11 December
Monday 12 December
Tuesday 3 January 2012
Wednesday 4 January
Thursday 5 January
Friday 6 January
By law they have to provide minimal service. Some flights will go from the islands, but which??
New information for you. Arbitration board state. Minimal service (if pilots let it happen) means:-
Island communities, autonomous region, Madeira, Azores and some long hauls to Luanda and Brazil must fly. A certain percentage must fly by law. theportugalnews.com
National Airline of Portugal,
22 November, Yes, your flight will be changed to the day before or after. Flight groundings will change an hr or so either way of original airport strike time, depending on which airport your flying from in Portugal.
Press release from TAP Portugal
11-11-2011 General Strike in Portugal on November 24th
On November 24th a general strike has been scheduled in Portugal, having some of the unions represented in the air transportation sector confirmed that they will join the strike. Therefore and without disturbing flights that may go ahead and the minimum services that will be adjudicated, from now on, TAP informs its passengers of the following:
No further reservations for flights scheduled for November 24th are being accepted;
Passengers with flights scheduled for November 24th will be given the possibility to change to other dates;
New information will be provided as soon as there's new developments.
TAP is joining all possible efforts to minimize any inconvenience that may be caused to its passengers.
20 October 2011 General strike to take place in Portugal Thursday, 24 November, 2011. Same day as last year. National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) have announced they will also strike causing all Portuguese airlines to strike.
Air Traffic controllers are also joining in the general strike. No set time given so far. Expect to find trains, buses and ferries on strike that day. Taxi's hard to find. Perhaps call your airline to change flight.
10 June 2011 Tap Air Portugal strike has been cancelled.
3 June How thoughtful. Ryanair sends 10 roses to flight attendants union head. One for each day of industrial action.
1 June Tap Air strike by National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Attendants. Strike over the next ten days.
July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Let's see what goes on here. First thought is perhaps strike will only happen within certain hours of the day.
Life according to Easy Travel Report
TAP Labor Strike 2011