TAP Air Portugal has canceled about 30 flights to and from domestic and Western European destinations on Friday, May 11, due to the planned start of a five-day series of partial air controller strikes.
The national flag carrier airliner announced on its web site, late Wednesday, that it was contacting all passengers to find flight alternatives.
Five unions representing Portugal’s air traffic controllers have announced partial strikes — two hours per shift – for May 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25, to protest what they claim has been the government’s silence for more than one year on their grievances.
On April 12, SATA International pilots announced a three-phased nine-day strike planned for April and May. On April 25, the first stage of teh strike scheduled for April 27, 28, and 29 was called off. The strike days scheduled for the weekend of May 11, 12, and 13 were called off on May 10. The strike days for May 18, 19 and 20 were not yet canceled.
SATA International is the only commercial airline providing direct flights between the United States and the Azores.