About two hundred flights were canceled today due to a strike by the check-in staff at Lisbon Airport. The protest will continue until Sunday evening, and the number of canceled flights will likely increase. Reuters reported, referring to ANA, which operates Portuguese airports. The strike will also affect contact with Prague.
A spokesman for the union that called for the strike told Lusa that about 100 percent of ground force check-in staff participated in the strike today, which is the busiest day. The striking employees are demanding the handling company, which is experiencing serious financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, to pay salaries and leave this year immediately.
The strike had a major impact on the leading Portuguese company TAP, which uses check-in services, but it did not affect the low-cost airlines. Today he did not travel one flight from Prague (TP 1243) and one to Prague (TP 1246). Two flights to Prague (TP 1242 and TP 1246) and two flights from Prague (TP 1247, TP 1243) were canceled according to the airport’s website on Sunday.
Thierry Legonière, head of the Afghan National Army, told reporters that the strike essentially reduced traffic at Lisbon airport and did not affect the remaining nine Portuguese airports. “We are counting on the problems for tomorrow (Sunday), and from Monday the situation will return to normal,” he added.
Groundforce is owned by Portugal’s Pasogal (50.1%) and the TAP-Air Portugal group (49.9%), with the Portuguese state holding a 72.5 stake. TAP offered to lend the money needed to allow Groundforce to pay its employees vacation pay, but the handling company rejected the proposal.