TAP Portugal Pilots End Strike

Pilots at TAP Portugal and its regional partner Portugália have ended their 10-day strike over the privatisation of the government-owned airline.

Pilots at TAP Portugal and its regional partner Portugália have ended their 10-day strike over the privatisation of the government-owned airline.

The pilots launched industrial action on May 1 after their union accused the government of going back on a 1999 deal giving pilots a stake in TAP should it become privatised, while also demanding better pay for long-serving pilots.

The strike action has cost TAP a reported €35m ($39.4m) in lost revenue and expenses, despite it still operating 70 per cent of scheduled flights.

António Pires de Lima, Portugal’s economics minister, said the sale of a 66 per cent stake in the debt-ridden airline is necessary to ensure it remains “viable and sustainable.”

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