Friday, 17 August, 2018

Ryanair pilots strike grounds 400 flights across Europe

Hundreds of Ryanair flights cancelled over European strikes Ryanair pilot strike affects 14,000 passengers on Spanish flights
Rhonda Young | 10 August, 2018, 10:08

In response to unions serving Ryanair strike notices, Europe's largest low-priced carrier has announced in recent days the cancellations of 250 flights in and out Germany, 104 to and from Belgium and another 42 in Sweden and its home market of Ireland, where around a quarter of its pilots were staging their fifth 24-hour walkout.

This Friday, Ryanair pilots who are part of the German union Vereinigung Cockpit will strike for 24-hours - a move which will result in the cancellation of roughly 250 flights.

The airline has been grappling with staff unrest since it recognised trade unions for the first time in December 2017, in a bid to ward off widespread strikes over the Christmas period.

Hundreds of Ryanair flights cancelled over European strikes
Hundreds of flights cancelled across Europe in Ryanair strike

Nearly 400 flights have been grounded across Europe, with that figure set to rise sharply with pilots in the Netherlands deciding to join the walkout yesterday.

Ryanair pilots are striking in five European countries, forcing the cancellation of a sixth of the firm's flights during the holiday season peak.

"The majority of customers have already been accommodated on another Ryanair flight".

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Ryanair slammed the strike as "unnecessary".

A total of 400 flights have been cancelled in the action, causing disruption for 55,000 passengers.

A spokesman said that despite the walkouts, 85% of Ryanair's scheduled flights, more than 2,000, would operate as normal.

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Disgruntled cabin crew issued a list of 34 demands, ranging from "a fair living wage" to "not being forced to open an Irish bank account".

Spanish pilots union Sepla announced it is taking action against the Irish airline in Spain's High Court over its pilot contracts last week.

Ryanair has described the strike action as "regrettable and unjustified", claiming its pilots are paid more than other budget airlines.

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