Pilots from Portuguese flag-carrier TAP Air Portugal were informed this week by the Arbitration Court they would have to ensure flights to and from the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores during the two strike periods they have called for this month and early January next year.
Pilots have announced industrial action from 8 to 12 December and 3 to 6 January.
Apart from the autonomous regions, some long haul flights will also have to be guaranteed to Luanda and Brazil.
One of the pilots’ main bones of contention has to do with the anticipated privatisation of the airline as they were promised a stake holding in the company as part of a deal not to strike in 1999, a promise they said had been broken by the current government.
The last strike at TAP was in 2009 and cost the company €25 million a day.