The truck drivers' strike, initiated on Monday, April 15, is reportedly still ongoing across the country as of Wednesday, April 17. The Portuguese government declared an energy crisis on Tuesday, April 16, as fuel supplies reached critically low levels at Faro (FAO) and Lisbon (LIS) airports. Government representatives and the National Union of Dangerous Goods Drivers have reportedly agreed on minimum services to be provided to hospitals and airports, notably in Portugal's main cities, including Lisbon and Porto. However, truck drivers vowed to continue the strike until their demands are met.
Transportation disruptions in Faro, Lisbon, and Porto, as well as flight disruptions (e.g. delays and cancelations) at the abovementioned airports, are to be expected over the coming hours and days.
The strike, which began on Monday, April 15, has also affected fire stations, ports, public transportation, and gas stations in Lisbon, Faro, and Porto, among other cities. Drivers participating in the strike are reportedly demanding better working conditions, among other stipulations.
Individuals in Portugal, especially those in Faro, Lisbon, and Porto, are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Individuals flying via FAO and LIS are advised to confirm flight reservations before departing for the airport and contact their airline for more information.
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