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Employees of the Portuguese airport services company Portway launched a three-day strike on Friday at the main airports of Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal, resulting in the cancellation of about 90 flights.
About 90% of Portway workers are on strike at Lisbon Airport, where 60 flights to and from the Portuguese capital have already been canceled, said Pedro Figueiredo, spokesman for the National Union of Civil Aviation Workers (SINTAC).
Among other things, the union is demanding better working conditions, wage increases and fully paid holidays. Maintenance workers help airlines with luggage and prepare planes for takeoff.
The strike takes place on one of the busiest weekends of the year, when many vacationers return from summer vacation.
By About 30 flights have been canceled at Porto Airport, according to Portuguese airport operator ANA.
While Faro Airport, which serves the tourism-dependent Algarve region, and Funchal in Madeira Island have not yet had any flight cancellations, Figueiredo said, flights were delayed by about an hour.
Portway, owned by France's Vinci Group, said the strike was irresponsible as it jeopardized the recovery of the sector and the national economy at a time of intense activity in aviation and tourism.< /p> Follow us on Telegram