24-Mar-2010 11:57 AM

Portuguese Government sees TAP pilots strike as damaging to tourism

Portuguese Economy Minister, Jose Vieira da Silva, stated a strike by TAP Air Portugal pilots would damage the country’s tourism industry, which accounts for approximately 8% of Portugal’s GDP (Reuters, 23-Mar-2010). TAP expects the strike to cost it up to EUR33 million, affecting up to 150,000 passengers. Approximately 1,500 flights would be affected by the proposed strike from 26-Mar-2010 and 31-Mar-2010. TAP has offered its 800 pilots a 1.8% pay increase, but the pilots’ union is pressing for a 5.6% increase.