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Chaos in Portuguese airports for handling strike

Groundforce employees started protest

Portuguese air transport is facing complicated hours to say the least. The strike called by the employees of Groundforce, a company that deals with ground assistance in Lusitanian airports, resulted in the cancellation of one scheduled flight after another in this country (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). As reported by the local media, we are talking about over 300 air connections (327 to be precise), with the capital Lisbon particularly affected by this disruption of programs. 

The Lisbon-Portela airport, in particular, recorded the cancellation of 301 flights out of the 511 arriving and departing yesterday, Sunday July 18, 2021. Another 26 connections were not possible at the “Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport” of Porto. 

The appeal addressed to passengers who had to leave and did not have the opportunity was to not go to the airport to avoid gatherings and other situations at risk of contagion, favoring digital and telephone channels to get all the necessary information. The only operating rules was that of several low-cost air carriers that were able to take advantage of Terminal 2 of the Lisbon hub, thanks in particular to the use of handling companies other than Groundforce. 

The strike in question was called by Stha, the Portuguese trade union that brings together airport handling workers. The protest was motivated by the instability of contracts and salary payments, as well as a series of issues always linked to the economic sphere. On the "dock" there is also the company Tap Air Portugal which would have a debt of 12 million euros with Groundforce.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency