Ryanair cancels 30 flights as pilots strike

12 July, 2018, 20:20 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Michael O’Leary the Ryanair chief executive recognised the status of unions for the first time last year

Worryingly for those who have booked holidays in the coming months, the airline has said it "cannot rule out further disruptions in July and August".

Flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom are the only ones impacted by the strike action, but a significant number of passengers have been affected.

According to a statement from Ryanair, the meeting lasted for seven hours.

Talks aimed at averting the stoppage broke down yesterday without agreement.

Flights between Ireland and Europe are set to operate as normal.

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

The Irish pilots' concerns relate to pay and conditions including a dispute over seniority, as well as the procedures for allocation of base transfers, promotions and annual leave.


The airline has apologised for the "regrettable disruptions", saying it was trying to minimise the strike's impact on people travelling to Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Greece.

Up to 30 flights between the Republic and United Kingdom have been cancelled due to the 24-hour industrial action, although routes to mainland Europe remain unaffected.

The IALPA ballot of those directly employed by Ryanair resulted in overwhelming support - 99% - for action, although Ryanair says this only represents 27% of its workforce in the Republic of Ireland.

Cabin crew in Italy will strike for 24 hours on 25 July, while cabin crew in Spain, Portugal and Belgium will strike for 48 hours on 25-26 July.

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".

"We can not rule out further disruptions in July and August, especially when some Aer Lingus pilots wrote officially to the DAA on 25 June - some 10 days before the results of the Ryanair pilot ballot were known - to advise that they were "contemplating a series of 1 and 2 days strikes in July and August".

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