Air travel: ATC strike has limited effect on flights


Portuguese flagship carrier TAP-Air Portugal said it had cancelled 10 flights during the strike period.

What's New — 12 April 2012 by Lusa News
Air travel: ATC strike has limited effect on flights

All workers at the Portuguese air traffic control company NAV were on strike for two hours Thursday, 12 April, morning, workers’ commission coordinator Carlos Felizardo said.

The workers have given notice they would also be on strike during the same period (7.00am to 9.00am) on 13, 19, 20 and 26 April.

“Adhesion was 100% at the nine airports in the country and the two air traffic control centres in Lisbon and Santa Maria in the Azores”, Felizardo said.

Airlines were given prior notice of the industrial action and most managed to alter their flights accordingly.

Portuguese flagship carrier TAP-Air Portugal said it had cancelled 10 flights during the strike period.

No flights to and from Madeira were canceled but several were rescheduled.

The workers were protesting against the company’s management which, they claim, is causing revenues worth millions to be lost.

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  1. How does a newspaper report on such things and not provide any clarity on what the claims are? Did anyone actually read the list of complaints? or did someone just wave a blank sheet of paper in the air and cry ‘foul’ ?

    If the ATCs can’t substantiate a claim they should be disciplined as a union and as individuals. Air traffic control is a vital service to any national economy, and shutting it down even for a few hours, can cost millions.