Always keep an eye on this page when traveling to Italy. Taking an Italian train? Always book what's called a guaranteed train ie:- strike proof. Book it well in advance.
Strikes frequently get cancelled last minute.
ITALIAN STRIKES 2017
Heads up if you are flying with Alitalia it has gone/going bankrupt.
Airline looking for government funding. Airline is in dire straits, don't book with them. Airline is pushing, tempting us with some really cheap flights if you dare. If you have the stomach and have extra room on your credit card for emergencies you can get some great deals. 2,000 baggage handlers to be let go.
Call in Italy 800.65.00.55
Out of the country 39.06.65649 or your travel agent.
(24 April, 2017 Union members vote no to a new cost cutting deal, nail in the coffin)
Naples Public Transportation Strike
This Sunday 27 August, 2017 a public transportation strike is planned. Check your plans to and from Capodichino Airport, Naples International Airport. Buses, Metro sporadic though out the day. Taxi's will be hard to find.
Italylogue is a very helpful site regarding Italian Rail Alitalia Strikes (November 2016 Alitalia 1,500 workers in fear of being made redundant)
Italian Air Traffic control Enav
February 2, 2016 New smoking rules for Italy. Smoking in a car with children or pregnant women 500 euros $546 fine. Drop a cigarette butt outside and it will cost you 300 euros.
Are you flying with Air Malta? Management asking pilot's to fly more hours. Airline is in dire straights Malta today
Portuguese airport control suffering from lack of inspectors summer 2017. Be prepared for four hour wait time or less, particularly if leaving form a Portuguese airport.
Porto do Metro
Update:-31 August, 2017 Strike cancelled.
Machinist union has given strike notice. Metro workers will strike starting noon, Friday, 1 September till noon Monday, the 4th of September, 2017. This strike coincides with Red Bull Air Show
Portuguese Passport Control Strike
Update:-Wednesday, 23 August 2017 Announced late tonight passport control strike has been cancelled. Hallelujah!
The inspectors of the Aliens and Borders Service (SEF) will be on strike Thursday and Friday, August 24 and 25, 2017.
Hours, times to be announced.
10 August 2017 Announced yesterday, SATA Air Azores and Azores Airline crews will strike every day from this Friday (11th August) every time management breaks rules and regulations. Mainly, flight crews sometimes have no idea if they are coming home for the night. (Crew shortages). Vague.
Regarding strike next week, 23 - 26 August, company has stopped selling tickets two days before and after strike action, protecting passengers from over booking.
SATA and SATA Azores airline strike
Update:-23 August, 2017 Strike has been cancelled. (Sorry for delay, we have been on holiday)
SATA Air Açores 9 Islands will have flights cancelled or delayed. Ponta Delgada always gets hit badly.
Here we go again. It's confirmed.
Viewer Tony notified us.
National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC)
Airline cabin crews will strike from Wednesday, 23 August 2017 till Saturday.
Jeez, thanks a lot Tony.
Lisbon Baggage Handlers Strike
Workers who work for Ground force baggage handling company will strike 3 pm - 6pm on Wednesday, 26 July, 2017. Union up in arms over Groundforce competition such as Groundling and Ryanair.
Strike will effect Lisbon Airport and possibly Porto, Funchal, Faro and Porto Santo. Stay in close contact with your airline. Ryanair has it's own handling.
Groundforce provides service to 150 airlines, along with baggage handling, airport security, cleans aircraft, maintains equipment and ground transport.
Sitava union warns contract with TAP Airlines coming to an end without a new agreement.
Lisbon Metro Strike - Metropolitano de Lisboa
Workers will strike for 24 hours -
Tuesday 1st August and Thursday 3rd of August, 2017. Trains will power down the night before 11:30pm or earlier.
Green line, Arroios Station closed for repairs till 2019 MAP
These workers will make TAP airline passengers life hell from June 3, 2017 to October 1, 2017.
TAP Portugal had a 35% increase in passengers this April and this way they are thanked. Stay in touch with TAP Portugal airline your flight could well be delayed or brought forward.
Powerful CGTP Union planning general strike, no date set yet.
Portuguese Airport Security Strike
This week-end 23rd and 24th June, 2017
SITAVA union workers
Two airport security companies Prosegur and Securitas workers will strike for 48 hours. All airports will be involved including Azores and Madeira.
Likely to have skeleton crews working. To get through airport security quicker, put everything in luggage, keep hand luggage to a minimum. If leaving from Portugal get to your airport minimum three hours before your flight.
Update:-Faro Airport strike action will start earlier than other Portuguese airports and strike will end Sunday morning in Lisbon and Oporto. It's possible the early start could happen at other airports really depends on the shifts.
AIRPORT SECURITY STRIKE
Saturday 29 April, 2017 Portuguese airport security, Union of Aviation Workers and Airports (Sitava), Prosegur and Securitas company workers threaten strike action between May 13 -17th at all Portuguese airports.
This includes Azores and Madeira May 12th and 13th May when the Pope visits Fatima shrine.
May 13 -17, 2017 union is arranging 24 hour strikes.
Get to your Portuguese airport at least three hours early. Bring minimum hand luggage to get through customs fast. Stay in close contact with your airline.
This is an old dispute which has been going on what seems like for years. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail at the last minute and knock sense into them. Skelton screw (freudian slip, oops) will be in place.
Launching new route Saint-Denis to Marseille October 2017. Pilot’s will hold a referendum for indefinite strike action that may start at the end of June.
South African Airline Strike Threat
Engineers, The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) long list of complaints against SAA, such as corruption, irregularities. South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) lodge complaint about crew members being victimized by management.
Pay attention to the news, these characters love wildcat strikes. Book an airport hotel at beginning and end of trip. You just never know.