Ryanair flights cancelled over strike action

Galtero Lara
Julio 18, 2018

It said all customers on these flights received text and email notifications today and customer service teams are organising refunds and transfers to alternative flights.

RYANAIR has confirmed the cancellation of 24 flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom this coming Friday due to ongoing industrial action.

"Sadly, 24 flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom on Friday July 20 will now be cancelled, because a quarter of our Irish pilots (who earn between €150,000 to €200,000 a year and enjoy the best working conditions of perhaps any group of Irish workers) want to pursue a set of demands which they don't understand and can't explain, because they were drafted by a tiny handful of Aer Lingus pilots", it said.

It said those flying with Ryanair on Friday who have not been contacted should expect their flight to go ahead.

On Thursday 12 July, Ryanair cancelled 30 flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom, due to a 24-hour strike.

Pilots want better terms and conditions including the roll out of a "seniority list" to determine who gets holidays, base transfers and promotions.

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In the statement Ryanair said the second day of strike by 25% of Irish pilots was "unnecessary" because they have been given written proposals that address their concerns about seniority. "We've offered to set up a working committee to explain all..."

A union spokesperson said they had invited management to talks on Wednesday or Thursday and are awaiting a response.

The spokesperson said that current Ryanair proposals are not enough to resolve the issue but said their members remain committed to getting a resolution.

They added that the striking pilots are those directly employed by Ryanair with 99% of the 120 balloted voting for industrial action.

Ryanair has more than 250 self-employed pilots which allows the airline to operate most of its routes during the strikes.

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