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Air Traffic Controller Strike in Portugal

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Expect airport delays flying into, within and out of Lisbon including flight delays to Europe.  If you have purchased our Roundtrip trip insurance and will be traveling to Portugal on May 17-18 and 24-25, 2012, then please contact the 24 hour worldwide assistance telephone number on your ID card for trip delay assistance.   

“ANA Aeroportos de Portugal informs all its passengers and other airport users that a strike has been called by air traffic control (NAV, EPE) for May 17, 18, 24 and 25, between 06h00/08h00 , 13h00/15h00 and 20h00/22h00 affecting all air traffic.  ANA recommends that all passengers confirm their flights with the airline company, its local representative or travel agent before making their way to the airport.”

TAP Airline and EasyJet have cancelled over 153 flights for May 17-18.   No inbound or outbound flights to the United States have been cancelled, although travel to/from major European cities could be delayed or cancelled.

There is no trip cancellation information for flights scheduled for May 24-25. The following links can be used to obtain up-to-date information regarding the strikes as well as flight cancellations or delays:





U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Portugal are encouraged to register with the Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website,, to obtain updated travel and security information. Registration is important; it allows the Embassy and the State Department to assist you in an emergency.

Should you encounter an emergency situation, do not hesitate to contact the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon.

The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon is located on Avenida das Forcas Armadas, in the neighborhood of Sete Rios near the Jardim Zoológico. Telephone: (351) 21 727-3300; fax: (351) 21 726-9109; Internet home page: The emergency after hours telephone number is (351) 21 770-2222.

The U.S. Consulate in the Azores is located in the city of Ponta Delgada on the Island of Sao Miguel. The address is Av. Principe do Monaco, 6-2F, tel: (351) 296 282-216, fax: (351) 296 287-216.

By Adam Bates