By Dale Western on 17 May 2012

Flights to and from Portugal will be disrupted as a result of a series of walkouts planned by Portuguese Air Traffic Controllers.

Thousands of passengers face having their flights cancelled or delayed as airport staff are planning 24-hour strike action tomorrow starting at midnight, which will extend the disruption into Saturday. In addition to today and tomorrow, strikes are also planned for May 24 and 25.

The FCO is advising travellers to check with their travel company or airlines before setting on their journey.

Major Airlines including British Airways are adjusting their flight schedules in light of these developments. Air Portugal has cancelled 153 and rescheduled 39 flights but is switching passengers to alternative dates free of charge (Portugal Daily View). Ryanair has also cancelled flights but is allowing passengers to switch to earlier flights without charge (Travel Mole).

Given below is a brief summary of flights affected by the strike on 17th May – source Portugal Daily View.

Flights Disruption Portugal 17 May

Therefore policyholders whose policy was purchased after the 17th May 2012 08.40am (BST) will not be covered under the policy for the planned strike date above. Please refer to the respective sections of the policy wording.

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