Tuesday 20 February 2018

One-day strike grounds all flights to Portugal

FLIGHTS to and from Portugal will be grounded today due to a 24-hour strike by air traffic controllers.

Ryanair and Aer Lingus have cancelled six flights between them.

They are Aer Lingus flights EI484 from Dublin to Lisbon and EI485 from Lisbon to Dublin. And Ryanair has cancelled four flights: FR7032 Dublin to Faro, FR7033 Faro to Dublin, FR9947 Cork to Faro and FR9948 Faro to Cork.

Ryanair has cancelled a total of 60 flights across Europe due to the one-day strike over government cutbacks, which it claimed was more disruptive than the volcanic ash crisis earlier this year.

It urged the European Commission to remove the air traffic controllers' right to strike because they are responsible for an essential service.

Unions are protesting at a government decision to cut civil service wages and pensions.

Irish Independent

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