Portugal flight interrupted on day 2 of airport strike

Passengers are lined up at the counter of Groundforce, the ground handling company at Lisbon Airport, at the bottom of the screen showing departure flights from Portugal on July 17, 2021. (Armando Franca / AP Photo)

Lisbon, Portugal — A strike by Portuguese airport baggage handlers and ground personnel was expected to cause confusion on Sunday, with most flights to and from Lisbon canceled.

A 48-hour strike canceled about 300 flights on Saturday, mainly in Lisbon. A long line formed when a stranded passenger tried to reorganize his travel plans.

A similar number of flights may be affected on Sunday.

Airport workers will hand out water bottles to passengers in line at Lisbon Airport, Portugal on July 17, 2021. (Armande Franca / AP photo)

The strike is part of an ongoing financial dispute between the Portuguese operator Groundforce and the flag carrier TAP Portugal, which is bearing the brunt of cancellation.

Groundforce claims that TAP owes € 12 million ($ 14 million) in debt to the services provided and accuses staff of unpaid wages.

TAP denies that Groundforce is obliged to pay money.