Sunday, 15 September, 2019

Ryanair passengers brace for more flight cancellations

Irish pilots for low-cost carrier Ryanair staged a walkout on Thursday with more strikes planned across Europe this summer tourist season Ryanair cancels 30 flights as pilots strike in Ireland
Rhonda Young | 15 July, 2018, 20:17

The union said it was regrettable that Ryanair management has rejected its proposals for third party assistance to settle the dispute.

Ryanair has said a strike by Irish pilots achieved nothing.

Ryanair low-priced air carrier cancels 10% of scheduled flights to Ireland due to pilots strike, news agencies reported, citing a company announcement.

Ryanair pulled out all the stops to minimise disruption during today's strike so that only those travelling between Ireland and the United Kingdom will be hit.

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The majority of flights have still been able to go ahead, for which Ryanair has thanked the pilots who are continuing to work: "Thanks to efforts of the majority of Irish pilots, Ryanair expects limited disruptions. other than 30 Ireland-UK flights already cancelled".

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

"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.

For customers travelling to the United Kingdom, we will also be assisting them with alternative transport on comparable operators (both flights & ferries) where there is some limited space available".

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

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

Ryanair is also facing further strikes in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium later in the summer.

The Irish pilots are striking over pay, working conditions, promotions and annual leave in the second burst of union action against Ryanair since the airline made a decision to recognise trade unions in December.

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