Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Hundreds of Ryanair flights cancelled in wake of strike

Hundreds of Ryanair flights cancelled in wake of strike

However, the Irish dispute will be dwarfed by the chaos caused by cabin crew strike action in Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Portugal scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday next.

The Spanish Public Works Ministry stated on Wednesday that the cancellation of 400 flights by Irish low-priced airline Ryanair, which was announced yesterday ahead of planned strikes by cabin crew, is legal.

The airline stated that unless it heard back from the union "we will issue cancellations to passengers on 16 (of over 290) flights to/from Ireland on Tuesday".

The strikes coincide with the beginning of the United Kingdom school summer break and follows previous strike action by Ryanair's Irish-based pilots.

It is worth noting that to strike for higher wages and better working conditions are planning to get pilots in Ireland this week - Friday, and next week on Tuesday. The Herald asked if any of the 300 cancelled flights each day would affect Irish passengers but did not receive any information. The Spanish government is struggling to reach an agreement with Ryanair, as the 1,800 cabin crew members are hired under Irish laws.


By midday on Thursday the airline claimed 75 per cent of the affected passengers has been give alternate flights or taken a refund.

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

In a statement, it said it was "engaged in extensive negotiations with national cabin crew unions across Europe".

"Given that Ryanair cabin crew enjoy great pay - up to €40,000 p.a".

Ryanair apologized for the disruption.

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