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UK Travellers to Portugal Warned of Potential Flight Disruptions Amidst Strike Action

UK Travellers to Portugal Warned of Potential Flight Disruptions Amidst Strike Action

Jet2 airline has issued a travel warning for all those planning to reach Portugal from the United Kingdom this month as well as in June.

The airline has said that potential flight disruptions may occur due to strike action that is planned to take place in these two months, and the same also advised everyone to stay updated with the most recent information on their flights, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to Portugal News, Jet2 said that all passengers will be informed beforehand in case of disruption. Moreover, the airline emphasised that everyone must arrive at the airport two hours before their flight in order to help minimise potential delays.

“Currently, all Jet2 flights are planned to operate as normal. In the event of any flight delays, further information can be found by using the above search panel by entering your flight number or route,” the statement of Jet2 airline reads.

Moreover, Jet2 said that the check-in desks would close around 40 minutes before departure and told everyone to rest assured in the event of flight disruptions as their team is always working on getting passengers on their way as soon as possible.

The strike action began on May 20 in some airports in Portugal, and it is expected to go on until the end of June, with the weekend days being the most affected. The strike is expected to impact a high number of flights, especially those to and from Lisbon Airport.

“At present, we believe this to only have a potential impact at Lisbon Airport. We are awaiting an update on the proposed impact in Faro Airport and Madeira,” Jet2 added.

Portugal continues to remain one of the most popular European travel destinations for Britons as well as for travellers from all over the world. Due to its popularity, the country’s airports as expected to register a high number of passenger arrivals during the summer months, exceeding the figures registered during the first three months of this year.

Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that Portugal airports registered a total of 13 million passengers in Q1 2023. Such a high number of passengers travelling to and from airports in Portugal represents a 15 per cent increase compared to the pre-pandemic levels.

Of all airports of the country, Lisbon Airport alone welcomed seven million travellers in the first three months of 2023 – 14 per cent more than in the pre-pandemic period. The increase was mainly driven by the high number of arrivals from the UK and France.

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