Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
All Portuguese location units: Faro, Lisbon, Porto, Porto Santo, Funchal
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.24 - Cargo Handling

300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
4 September 2023
Employment effect (start)
4 September 2023
Foreseen end date
4 September 2025


Groundforce, a subsidiary of TAP Portugal that provides aircraft handling services within the country, has faced insolvency and is undergoing a restructuring process. The insolvency plan includes several measures, among which the termination of employment contracts for approximately 300 employees within a two year period following the approval of the plan.

In an official statement, the insolvency administrators guaranteed that the recovery plan fully respects the rights of the workers.

The company is owned by TAP and Ana-Aeroportos de Portugal. The plan also foresees that, in the initial phase, TAP will remain a shareholder in the handling company (with 49.9% of the capital) and the rest of the capital will fall to Menzies Aviation.



Eurofound (2023), Groundforce, Internal restructuring in Portugal, factsheet number 200347, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/200347.