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Possible Disruption at Funchal Airport 23rd-25th November

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Possible Disruption at Funchal Airport 23rd-25th November

I received this from Easyjet this morning - There is a border force strike planned at Funchal airport in Portugal from 23rd-25th November during the hours 0700-1100 and 1600-2000. We are operating all of our planned flights but you may experience some significant disruption during these times. We are recommending you allow more time to process through passport control at the airport during these periods.

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1. Re: Possible Disruption at Funchal Airport 23rd-25th November

We had a similar problem at Manchester a couple of weeks ago, the flight was ready to push back but the Captain said ATC had decided to stop work for 45 minutes so everything came to a stop. So we were delayed and arrived late to Madeira. There seem to be a number of these situations happening around Europe presently.

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2. Re: Possible Disruption at Funchal Airport 23rd-25th November

Unlikely Flowercity not a strike i think but more likely air traffic problems either with equipment or the airspace to crowded. Re Funchal border controls when going back home on Monday a large crowd at the automatic gates so went up to the window which did the manual check the officer took the passport checked it and waved me through hope strike does not cause too many problems .

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3. Re: Possible Disruption at Funchal Airport 23rd-25th November

Zakthelad

Advice/Guidance:

"use the Electronic Passport Control machines if you can"

the possible disruption 23-25th is a partial strike of SEF The Immigration and Borders Service

Posted by TAP on their Facebook Pages:

"According to ANA- Aeroportos de Portugal, it is scheduled a partial strike of SEF-Immigration and Borders Service, on 23rd, 24th and 25th of November, which may affect the border control on arrivals and departures of intercontinental and non-Schengen flights.

To avoid delays caused by this situation, we recommend all passengers, with flights booked for these days, departing from Portugal, to arrive at the airport earlier than usual. We also inform passengers arriving to national airports that abnormal waiting time on border control may occur due to this strike.

Passengers with electronic identity documents are advised to use the Electronic Passport Control machines."

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4. Re: Possible Disruption at Funchal Airport 23rd-25th November

Came through Madeira arrivals yesterday on Monarch flight from Birmingham. Captain gave a warning about 10 mins before landing (and we were 30 mins ahead of schedule so landed at 10.10) and yes there was chaos. No good recommending "E" gates as they were all switched off and with barriers across! These may be one of the reasons for industrial disputes. There was just one manual desk open but fortunately the lady on it was speeding us through and luckily we landed just before an easyJet flight with no other flight in front, so could have been worse!

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5. Re: Possible Disruption at Funchal Airport 23rd-25th November

AndyH

thanks for posting what you experienced yesterday. 'E gates' being closed increased the unpleasantness. Obviously, all travelllers want normal service resumed as soon as possible and no more disruptions.

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