Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Ryanair pilot strike not expected to affect mainland Europe

Ryanair pilot strike not expected to affect mainland Europe

In the first day of industrial action since the airline agreed to recognise trade unions, 30 flights between the United Kingdom and Ireland have been cancelled.

Talks led to no progress and 30 flights were cancelled today as a result.

"All customers on these flights have received text and email notification of these cancellations earlier today and our Customer Service teams are assisting them with refunds, free transfers to alternative flights on Thurs, or Wed, Fri and Saturday".

The airline said they have made alternative travel arrangements using both flights and ferries for nearly 5,000 passengers.

Flights from Dublin to Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester have all been affected.

Over 5000 Ryanair passengers planning to travel yesterday had their plans disrupted by the strike of directly employed Ryanair pilots.

In December, the airline gave in to growing pressure and recognised trade unions for the first time in its 32-year history.

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"Given that Thursday's strike by 25% of our Irish pilots have achieved nothing, we hope they will now accept our offer to set up a working group to discuss, explain and resolve their issues".

Ryanair apologised to customers but said it had tried to protect those travelling from Ireland to Portugal, France, Italy, Spain and Greece.

"Ryanair pilots have already secured a 20% pay increase, earn up to €200,000 p.a., work 5 days-on, followed by 4 days-off (a double bank holiday weekend at the end of every week), enjoy rapid promotions and unmatched job security".

In a statement, Ryanair said that all 262 of its flights to and from Irish airports on Thursday were "operating as normal".

The airline has said it "cannot rule out further disruptions in July and August".

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