LISBON, Portugal: TAP Air Portugal has canceled almost 150 flights due to a planned strike by Portuguese air traffic controllers.
Staff at state-owned air traffic control company NAV are walking off the job eight hours a day between June 29 and July 3.
They are protesting cuts that are part of austerity measures demanded by foreign lenders in return for Portugal's €78 billion (US$97 billion) bailout last year.
Pilots at flag carrier TAP Air Portugal also intend to strike, between July 5-8 and Aug. 1-5. They want pay hikes and a say in the state-owned airline's planned privatization.
The government says it is considering forcing the controllers and pilots to work by applying a civil requisition law used in state emergencies.
TAP said Wednesday it has canceled 149 flights so far. (AP/aph)