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Air Traffic Strike #518544

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 16, 1981
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(Studio) Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson quoted with regard to opening of 3 new air routes to compensate for interference caused by Portuguese boycott of service to American planes in support of PATCO strike.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley

(Lisbon, Portugal) Strategic location of Portugal and Azores in flights to American explained. Scenes shown. 48 hour strike instead of 7-day strike by Portuguese controllers noted. Rerouting said to minimize delays due to Portuguese action. [PILOT - discounts delay.] [Ed HUBBARD - speaks of rerouting.]
REPORTER: James Compton

(DC) Compensation for loss of airways due to Portuguese action explained. [Trans. Secretary Drew LEWIS - discounts interference.] Lewis said considering strike is over and Reagan administration won't reenter negotiations with PATCO. [LEWIS - won't negotiate.] On "Face the Nation" [Robert POLI - speaks of public support for PATCO. Notes press support.] Govt. said beginning to process applications for jobs of 12,000 controllers fired.

Compton, James;
Pauley, Jane;
Pell, Gene

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