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Cabin crew strike grounds flights for TAP Portugal

October 30, 2014

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Airline cabin crews for the TAP Portugal carrier have launched a two-day strike that has resulted in mass flight cancellations and rerouting for 25,000 passengers onto different airlines.

TAP spokeswoman Carina Correia says the airline is still trying to find alternate flights for about 4,000 passengers scheduled to fly Thursday.

She told reporters at Lisbon’s airport that Portugal’s flagship airline planned to announce later how many flights were canceled because of the strike.

The crews are demanding better working conditions as Portugal’s government prepares to sell the state-owned airline.

TAP chief executive Fernando Pinto says the striking workers committed a “betrayal of passengers” in an increasingly competitive industry that offers consumers plenty of flight options.

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