Fuel tanker drivers in Portugal have gone on strike, causing fuel shortages in many places across the country. There are reports of long lines at petrol stations, with some places closing due to lack of fuel.

There have also been warnings that flights to and from the country could be disrupted. Simon Calder at the Independent warns of ‘fuel shortages at Lisbon, Porto and Faro airports.’ The Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira told reporters that at ‘airports, where fuel supply wasn’t ensured, we have reached critical levels of fuel reserves for aircraft refueling.’

Update: There are reports that the strike has ended. This will hopefully ease fuel shortages soon!

Travel advice

If you are in Portugal or will be arriving in the next few days – 

  • Check in with your airline or travel agent to confirm your flight status. Do this several hours before you would leave for the airport, in case your flight is on time and your airport transfer is delayed.
  • Be prepared for (potentially significant) delays when travelling, as well as difficulty finding a taxi or ridesharing transport.
  • Be prepared for increased costs related to taxi hire.
  • Where possible, try to plan activities that do not rely on fuel-based transport. Try to avoid excursions or trips that could leave you stranded, and have back up plans in case that occurs. 

Official travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest update: Summary – Strike action by Portuguese fuel tanker drivers since 16 April may cause disruption to flights at Lisbon and Faro airports; if you’re travelling from Lisbon or Faro airport over the coming days, check with your airline for possible delays; travel within Portugal may also be affected by the strike.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal

Further news and information

Information from airlines

 

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