easyJet warns passengers to leave more time
The Journal reports that low-cost airline easyJet has advised passengers travelling to and from Portugal to check the status of their flight as well as arriving at national airports with “extra time” due to the drivers strike.
Contacted by press agency Lusa, the carrier reported that, “due to a strike taking place in Portugal that is affecting fuel availability at Portuguese airports, some flights to and from Portugal may require additional stops to refuel at alternative airports”.
“We advise all customers with planned trips to and from Portugal in the coming days to check the status of their flights,” said easyJet, also asking anyone who has to go through a Portuguese airport to arrive there with “extra time, because traffic may be higher than usual. ”
The carrier points out that “whilst this is out of its control”, it is “doing everything possible to minimize disruption”. Lusa has also contacted TAP and Ryanair about this question, but has not yet received an answer.
The pace of fuel supply at Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport is “insufficient, at levels well below the minimum service stipulation”, leading to “operating restrictions,” ANA Aeroportos told Lusa today. In a written reply to Lusa, the airport manager stated that it is continually assessing the impact of drivers’ strikes on fuel supply at its network airports.
The “insufficient” supply pace observed led to the implementation of restrictions on the operation, “namely in the reduction of aircraft supply”, the company told Lusa this afternoon.