Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Ryanair cancels flights as pilots walk out for historic strike

Jean Garcia | 13 July, 2018, 05:06

"There has been no customer disruption other than the 30 flights which were cancelled on Tuesday (and all these customers switched flights or selected refunds)". They say a system that gives those with longer service preference is the norm at rival airlines.

More than 5,000 Ryanair customers have been left with cancelled flights as a result.

Over 5,000 passengers were due to be affected by today's action but the low-priced airline said that all of their Irish flights went as planned today, despite the strikes.

Scheduled flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom will face the brunt of the action, as Ryanair faces its second strike since recognising unions for the first time in December. For customers travelling to the United Kingdom we will also be assisting them with alternative transport on comparable operators (both flights and ferries) where there is some limited space available.

Why are pilots on strike?

Ryanair and union officials met for talks on Wednesday which ended without agreement.

There is uncertainty for thousands of holidaymakers as the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA) branch of Fórsa confirmed this evening that Ryanair pilots intend to stage a further two days of strikes.

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In December, Ryanair thwarted a pre-Christmas strike by pilots by announcing that it would recognise unions.

Ryanair's Irish pilots are set to strike today for the first time in the airline's 33-year history after talks broke down.

However, there has been no significant progress, with pilot unions claiming that Ryanair isn't taking them or their demands seriously. German pilots are expected to vote over a pay and working conditions dispute later this month.

That is just ahead of planned strikes by cabin crew in Spain Italy, Portugal and Belgium on 25 July and 26 July.

The airline said in a statement: "We regrettably must plan for some disruptions on Thursday, and try to minimise their impact, especially upon Irish customers and their families travelling on holidays to Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Greece".

Unions have said further action may follow if the airline does not make concessions on some employment terms.

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