Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Ryanair will cancel up to 30 flights on Thursday due to strike

Ryanair will cancel up to 30 flights on Thursday due to strike

Pilots and cabin crew are threatening to engage in a series of strikes, with pilots in Ireland striking on July 12, while crew in Italy, Belgium, Spain and Portugal will engage in a 48 hour strike on the 25 and 26 July.

The airline says it has cancelled 30 of its 290 scheduled high frequency flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom, rather than hitting European routes used for family holidays to summer resorts.

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The Fórsa trade union, of which the IALPA is a branch, said it remained determined to work toward resolving the outstanding issues.

Customers were notified of the cancellations by text and email on Tuesday and will also receive a refund.

Ryanair said it would minimise the disruption by cancelling a number of flights on high frequency routes from Ireland to London and other United Kingdom destinations where customers are able to transfer easily onto other flights.

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Management and unions are due to meet on Wednesday at Dublin Airport in a bid to minimise disruption.

This week's pilot strike is the first wave of industrial action to hit the low-priced carrier as the summer holiday season expands across the continent.

It was also announced last week that cabin crews in Portugal, Italy, Spain and Belgium were also set to strike in solidarity with their colleagues. Ryanair apologised for the "regrettable" disruption and said it had done its utmost to avoid it.

It said on its website: 'We have this morning planned to cancel up to 30 of our 290 flights to and from Irish airports on Thurs 12th.

Ryanair added that further industrial action is a possibility and accused pilots from rival airlines of encouraging the strikes.

Ryanair has been critical of strike action by European Air Traffic Controllers in recent weeks but has so far not issued an official response on the strikes facing the company this month.

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