Air passengers hit by more strikes in Portugal Easyjet, Ryanair and TAP flights affected

24 May 2012


A strike by air traffic controllers in Portugal is hitting flights to Lisbon

A second wave of strikes by air traffic controllers in Portugal will disrupt flights to and from Britain today.

More disruption is planned for tomorrow, 25 May, with thousands of passengers expected to be affected.

Easyjet, Ryanair and TAP are likely to see major delays or cancellation to flights following the walk-out.

This is the second round of planned strikes with the first taking place on May 17 and 18. These saw thousands of passengers affected by the disruption.

Refunds and compensation

By law, airlines are required to award compensation to passengers who suffer extended flight delays or cancellations.

If your flight is cancelled, your rights under the Denied Boarding Regulations mean you should be offered either a full refund or re-routing to your final destination.

You are also entitled to phone calls, refreshments and accommodation if you're stranded overnight. Read our guide for more information on if your flight is cancelled or delayed

You're unlikely to be able to claim compensation as airlines class strikes as extraordinary circumstances beyond their control. 

Travel insurance claims

You may be able to claim on your travel insurance but it depends on your policy. Some policies cover you for cancellations caused by strike action but some don't.

Find out if your travel insurance policy covers you for an unexpected event. Our guide tells you if your insurer covers you for events such as civil unrest or strike action. 

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