TAP Air Portugal cabin crew have announced a two-day strike for December 8th and 9th. The Portuguese airline is forced to cancel at least 360 flights (or half of the scheduled flights) and is advising passengers to reschedule their flights.
A recurring phenomenon at several airlines: employees complain of heavy workloads, understaffing, insufficient rest between shifts and low wages. Unions called for the two-day strike after TAP Air Portugal rejected improved working conditions.
As the strike begins on a Portuguese public holiday, the airline expects a loss of around 8 million euros.
Despite state rescue during the corona pandemic – the airline received an emergency package of around 2.5 billion euros – it reported a loss of 91 million euros in the first nine months of this year.
The state airline is still looking for a new shareholder. Air France – KLM Group expressed interest in a partnership or acquisition if “conditions are good“.