On Wednesday this week (5 February) a TAP aircraft performing a flight from Lajes Terceira Island (Azores) to Lisbon (mainland Portugal) was forced to make a retreat when it suffered a bird strike while climbing out of Lajes.
The Airbus A321-200 was carrying out flight TP-1822 when the birds struck, and returned to land safely at the airport around 20 minutes after departing. It arrived back in Lisbon with a delay of nearly ten hours.
In related news, a Niki flight had to make an unscheduled landing at Faro Airport (Algarve) after it reportedly suffered a cracked right-hand windshield while en-route from Salzburg (Austria) to Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain).
The incident occurred earlier this month on Sunday 2 February.
According to aviation website Aviation Herald, a replacement aircraft was dispatched to Faro and reached Lanzarote with an eight-hour delay.
Niki, also known as flyNiki, is a scheduled semi-lowcost airline and a subsidiary of Air Berlin, Germany's second largest airline.