TAP Portugal cabin crew strike grounds 28 flights, costs airline 5-M euros per day

December 1, 2014 9:43 am 

LISBON, Dec. 1 — A strike by Portugal's airline TAP cabin crew has grounded 28 flights at Lisbon airport since midnight, according to airport management company ANA-Aeroportos de portugal on its website on Sunday.

The 24-hour strike by cabin crew, the second of its kind in less than a month, started at midnight on Friday and has so far led to cancellation of 16 outbound flights and 12 inbound flights to and from Lisbon airport, ANA said. Another 24-hour strike is scheduled for Dec. 2.

A source from the state-owned airline told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the strikes cost the airline around 5 million euros (6 million U.S. dollars) per day and affected "TAP's reputation and image."

ANA noted that most of the flights affected were domestic routes, although some international flights, mainly to and from Europe were also cancelled.

Cabin crew are demanding compliance with a labor and pay agreement signed in 2006 by the airline with the National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Staff (SNPVAC).

portugal is attempting to sell up to 66 percent of flagship air carrier TAP, following a decision by the council of ministers on Nov. 13. The government's priority is to recapitalize the airline and make it grow as it has estimated liabilities of 1 billion euros.

The concession has been re-launched after TAP stalled a deal last year, rejecting an offer from Group Synergy, led by Brazilian investor German Efromovich, because it didn't meet necessary banking requirements. (PNA/Xinhua)



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