4 MAY 2015
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Pilots at Star Alliance member government owned airline TAP Portugal went on a strike last Friday (1 May) to try and stop privatisation. The call was for 10 days of action.
The first two days have registered a “low level of adhesion, thanks to the fact that most pilots turned up for work,” reports Saturday’s Correio da Manhã, and Sábado and Diário de Notícias have reported that both TAP management and the government are cautiously optimistic that the strike that threatened the very existence of the nation’s airline may well end up fizzling out altogether.
According to numbers coming out of TAP on Friday (a May Day Bank Holiday in the country), of 227 programmed services, 155 had gone ahead. That is around 83.3%. Portugália Airways, also involved in the strike, has performed less flights in their schedule: only 11 out of 59. But the balance, this far, has been positive, with flights leaving Faro “almost unaffected” and the worst situations being felt in Porto’s Sá Carneiro airport, where long queues were reported. www.flytap.com
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