Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Airline strike hits 600 flights, 100,000 passengers

Expatica Pattern Ryanair cancellations legal, admits government, demands more information
Priscilla Morrison | 22 July, 2018, 15:42

On Tuesday, Ryanair announced the cancellation of 24 flights after the trade union refused to postpone its planned strike action for Friday but Ryanair insisted that 90% of the 4,000 passengers affected have been refunded or rerouted.

Last night, it emerged 16 more flights were set to be cancelled by the airline on Tuesday after strike notification from the Forsa union representing Irish pilots.

This is due to strike action by cabin crew. The Spanish government is struggling to reach an agreement with Ryanair, as the 1,800 cabin crew members are hired under Irish laws.

The Spanish government has said the cancellation of the flights is legal, but that it will ask the airline for detailed information regarding the flights so customers can take an informed decision in advance.

The airline said it had been contacting passengers to make alternative arrangements and has pledged to make additional customer service staff available.

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The Ryanair cabin crew workers are striking for a salary increase and better working conditions, according to ANP.

The cabin crew strike will affect some 50 of the 160 scheduled flights in and out of Belgium, from Charleroi and Brussels, the airline said. He said the strikes are "entirely unjustified and will achieve nothing".

Ryanair's chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs said: "Ryanair sincerely apologises to our customers for these disruptions which we have done our utmost to avoid. We will keep an open mind".

Unions in all four countries are asking that Ryanair staff be employed according to the national legislation of the country they operate in, rather than that of Ireland as is now the case.

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