Airport strike latest & lower fuel prices

The Diario reports that as a result of the strike of workers and employees of NAV SITAVA the only flight movements to be made at Madeira Airport during the day will be those safeguarded as “minimum services”, specifically


– TP1604 to Lisbon: 10.20

– S41694 to Porto Santo: 12.50


– S41695 Porto Santo: 13:50

– TP1627 Lisbon: 17.50

Of the remaining flights, a total of 50 (25 arrivals and 25 departures), 24 were cancelled and 26 operations rescheduled by the airlines.

According to reports from ANAM – Airports and Air Navigation Madeira – "for lack of means of assistance at Madeira Airport, “due to adhesion of human resources and Rescue Service Fire Fighting the strike called by SITAVA” up to 16.00 hours today, flights will only be guaranteed only military operations, search and rescue and emergency services as well as the “minimum services”above. "

As a result of the rescheduling of flights for tomorrow, Saturday May 19 , "it is recommended that all passengers to travel to Madeira Airport only after confirmation of your flight schedule with the airlines, their representatives and travel agents ".

A little good news – the price of all fuel falls more than two cents from midnight on Monday

The prices that will apply next week are a result of a joint order of the “Vice-Presidency of the Government and the Department of Planning and Finance” published today in the Official Journal of the Autonomous Region. The new prices are below:

Prices in effect from Monday:

Unleaded petrol IO 95 ……….. € 1.738 per litre (currently € 1.766 per litre)

Diesel.…………………………………… € 1.435 per litre (currently € 1.459 per litre)

28 Responses to Airport strike latest & lower fuel prices

  1. Debs Friday, May 18, 2012 at 19:34 #

    Thanks to this Blog, and Jacquine in particular, we were able to inform our guests from Belgium that entry to musuems today was free. They thoroughly enjoyed visiting four museums in Funchal. Information on this Blog is so very worthwhile and appreciated – thank you.

    Good news regarding fuel prices. However, I have to say that I am igorant with regards to fuel prices. You have to put it in the car so it doesn’t matter what it cost!

  2. Jon Friday, May 18, 2012 at 19:57 #

    Actually, I put it in the car…….Tee Hee.
    Ditto Debs previous words – thanks, it (the blog) works.

  3. Admin Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 09:26 #

    Looks like there are more NAV (Portuguese Air Traffic Control or “Air Navigation Authortity”) strikes planned for next Thursday and Friday (24th/25th). Trying to get an update on this and will post here when I can establish exactly what is happening. I guess some people who re-booked (from yesterday) for a week later could be affected again!

  4. martin Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:04 #

    It’s such a good idea to strike.
    Apart from unpronounceable Icelandic Volcanoes I cannot think of a better way to mess up Madeira’s reputation.
    Well done all those involved.
    I am sure those involved will feel better for striking and visitors will be grateful for the opportunity to spend more money re-arranging their travel and accomodation.

  5. Admin Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:16 #

    Interestingly Martin, Ryanair are leading calls for the European Commission to remove the right to strike from Europe’s air traffic control staff, pointing out that many of Europe’s police forces and army personnel are not allowed to take industrial action. Air traffic controllers in the US are also prevented by law from striking, and the Commission should apply similar ‘no strike’ rules here to ATC workers in Europe, the airline said.

    “It is unacceptable that the skies over Europe are repeatedly closed or flights delayed by the unjustified strike action of tiny numbers of air traffic controllers,” a Ryanair spokesman said.

    “These public servants are among the most overpaid and protected in Europe and yet they repeatedly opt for the strike weapon as a first, rather than a last resort.

    “The summer schedules in Europe are just weeks’ old and already the Portuguese air traffic controllers will be engaging in three days of strikes.

    “The solution to this problem is simple: remove their right to strike in exactly the same way that air traffic controllers in the USA are prevented by law from striking

  6. Jon Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:16 #

    Mmmmnnn… we’ve two parties of guests due to depart on 24th and 25th respectively.
    We’ll continue to watch this space and do our research also, so that we can keep guests up to date – thanks Admin. Luckily we are able to offer extra nights if required……

  7. peter Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 17:57 #

    Any one knows where there a good shop sells uk gravy. The local shops and in town seamed to have run out.

  8. Jon Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 07:48 #

    Yes indeed Peter, Uncle Berties gravy train seems to running out of steam now…..
    No more “goodies” in (gravy) brown envelopes.

    Ah yes, maybe Goodies, Lido, Funchal.

  9. Admin Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 07:57 #

    Hasn’t Goodies closed down?

  10. Jon Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 08:29 #

    I’ll ask Deb for alternative shops/suppliers…….

    Looks a little damp in the hills this a.m. – Santo da Serra market may have it’s head in the clouds and Golf could be a flog……

  11. peter Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 09:34 #

    One thing I notched this year, by adding into the garden the Black birds like it. Richard have you tried growing Black current and Raspberry bushes.

  12. peter Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 09:45 #

    Sorry I should have said leaf mold.

  13. Debs Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:43 #

    With regards to gravy granules, you could try ebay. Various different sizes available but an example is:- Bisto gravy granules 170g – £1.60 plus £2.30 P & P to Portugal (probably cheaper than Goodies anyway)!

  14. peter Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:57 #

    debs thanks I looked at that. I just looked at Amazon they sell them, if anyone interested

  15. Betty Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 13:23 #

    Does anyone have contact details for a good airconditioning engineer (would be really helpful if they could speak English as it is a strange problem we are having and difficult to explain)? We have had one guy out four times and it is still breaking down and showing the same fault codes. The system is LG.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  16. martin Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 19:11 #

    I am told that GOODIES have indeed closed their LIDO store and withdrawn back into their original one located within a hotel/timeshare complex, but I have no idea where.
    I was told last year but have forgotten.
    Perhaps they have advertised in the BRIT.
    I have been shipping comestibles to friends via Parceflight but you need quite and order to cover freight cost over lots of items.
    It works out the same price usually as Goodies unless I am able to geab a bargain like Pateks curry sauces which were £1.oo each but 3 months later have gone up 78%. (can you calculate the new price?).
    Supermarkets continue to be profitable because we still have to buy from them,

  17. Debs Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 21:41 #

    Betty, whereabouts do you live. We will check with our chap whether he does air conditioning and how far he is willing to travel if he does.

  18. Jon Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 22:03 #

    Goodies = Regency?

  19. Samantha Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 22:26 #

    The other goodies shop is at the holiday property bond resort just under Cabo Girao. I had been told that it was only open to guests who stay there, but no idea how true that is. Apparently another shop that sells Englishy stuff opened recently in Lido in the bank of shops that are at the entrance of the Monumental Lido shopping centre in the old Herz shop.
    Sa were selling Bisto gravy powder but at their shelves in Ribeira Brava are devoid of stock, I will be ordering mine back off the internet again.

  20. Betty Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 23:02 #

    Hi Debs,

    We live in Prazeres. The units have never really worked since we got them. In the winter they would go on for a short time and then start to blow cold air. We kept having the man out even after the guarantee was up and I think he just thought we were crazy people. Of course once he did whatever he did they would work again for a while and then the whole thing would start again. We were using the cold air recently (which used to work) because it was so hot and now we are getting a fault code. We ended up having a wood burner installed for the winter months so its all been a really costly business. Other people have told us this is a good system so I guess we have just been unlucky.


  21. Jon Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:21 #

    Mmmmnnn…Betty, sounds like a job for our man Roy, from IlhaElectronica = fluent English speaking and a real “ace” for all things electric, water and gas….Based in Gaula though. Would either travel or know an equally good chap at “your” end.
    Tel: 966184969 – after lunchtime today, if you wish – just spoke to him, he’s happy to help. Good Luck.

  22. Betty Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:48 #

    Many thanks, Jon. Will give Roy a ring after lunch and see if he can come out to help us. To date we seem to just keep pouring good money after bad and it still doesn’t work. Will let you all know how we get on.

    Thanks, Deb, too.

    What would we do without this blog I just don’t know!!


  23. Admin Monday, May 21, 2012 at 19:36 #

    The TAP web site – I guess they should know – has just announced that “The NAV strike, which affects air traffic control in Portugal, is now called for this Thursday and Friday, the 24th and 25th of May, the two last days of the five announced over this period. As before, it will be spread over three time slots: 7:00 am to 9:00 am; 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm and 09:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and will cause major air traffic restrictions in Portugal”

  24. Jon Monday, May 21, 2012 at 21:37 #

    But hopefully the ground staff won’t be on strike also, as they were on the 18th. So, with luck, disruption should be kept to a minimum…..mmmmm! Hope so. Check with your Airline afore ye go…….

  25. Admin Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 16:33 #

    List of all TAP flights that are affected between 23rd and 26th May can be found here:

  26. Admin Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 14:47 #

    easyJet changes (cancellations and reschedules) for the 24/25th can be found here:

  27. Jon Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 17:24 #

    From Funchal Airport site, now increased movements – including for our guest’s to BELGIUM:

    Lisboa TAP Portugal TP 1602 05:45
    Lisboa TAP Portugal TP 1604
    LH 6965 07:30
    Linz Niki HG 2017 08:05
    Porto Santo Sata Açores SP 1690 09:00
    Porto TAP Portugal TP 1574 09:20
    Lisboa EasyJet Airlines U2 7606 10:30
    Bristol EasyJet Airlines U2 6246 11:25
    Brussels Thomas Cook BE FQ 5715 11:45
    Ponta Delgada Sata International S4 9166 12:00
    Porto Santo Sata Açores SP 1694 12:50

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