Saturday, 18 August, 2018


Ryanair cancels flights for pilot strike

Conrad Doyle | 15 July, 2018, 02:53

"These coordinated strike threats are created to cause unnecessary disruption to customers and damage Ryanair's low-fare model, for the benefit of high-fare competitor airlines in Ireland and Germany", Ryanair said in a statement. It usually operates 290 flights from Ireland across Europe.

Ryanair strikes 2018 continue this week after talks with pilots ended without an agreement this week - with loads of flights being cancelled.

Customers were informed via text and email of the cancellations, with Ryanair offering a refund to those affected.

The airline - who recently revealed they will charge passengers more for baggage - have had to cancel 30 of their flights leaving today.

Despite a history of hostility towards unions, the airline eventually agreed to recognise them in December. The airline boasts some 350 pilots based in Ireland.

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".

RYANAIR pilots are to hold two further one-day strikes later this month after talks failed to find a breakthrough.

The Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA), part of the Forsa union, is demanding a change to the procedure for determining base transfers, promotions and annual leave that takes a pilot's seniority into account.

A statement released by all four unions that are representing the cabin crews said: "We call on the European Commission, and the governments of every European country where Ryanair operates, to act upon the social dumping performed by the Irish low-priced carrier and to enforce the EU employment and national imperative legislation".

The airline has said it "expects limited disruption" in addition to the cancelled flights.

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