Portuguese airport strikes hit flights EasyJet, Ryanair and TAP cancel services

17 May 2012

Lisbon

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

A series of strikes by air traffic controllers in Portugal is hitting flights to and from the UK, as airlines including EasyJet and Ryanair are forced to cancel services.

The first of the strikes took place today, 17 May, with more planned for 18 May. Disruption is likely to extend into Saturday, and more walk-outs are planned for 24 May and 25 May. 

Refunds for strikes cancellations

Thousands of passengers are set to be affected by the strikes, and airlines are required by law to give them refunds if their flights are cancelled.

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 and refreshments, as well as accommodation if you're stranded overnight. See our  for more on what to do if your flight is cancelled.

Flight cancellations and travel insurance

You're unlikely to get compensation, as airlines class strikes as extraordinary circumstances that are beyond their control.

However, your travel insurance may cover you against cancellations caused by strikes.

Cancelled flights

EasyJet and Ryanair have published details of their affected flights. Check the EasyJet cancelled flights and Ryanair cancelled flights to see whether your flight's been affected. Ryanair said passengers affected by cancelled flights would be given a full refund or transferred free of charge to another flight.

TAP Portugal said it was offering flight date changes free of charge. It has also published a list of affected TAP Portugal flights. British Airways has rescheduled some flights between the UK and Portugal.

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