Ryanair announces cancelled flights as summer strike onslaught begins

Ryanair announces cancelled flights as summer strike onslaught begins”

While Ryanair highlights the alarming increase in Air Traffic Control strikes across Europe that has wreaked havoc on airlines, their passengers and business, they seem to be keeping quiet about the actions that are now being threatened by their pilots and their cabin crew, the first of which, according the BBC, is due to get underway this coming Thursday when pilots will strike for 24 hours.

The airline says it has cancelled 30 of its 290 scheduled high frequency flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom, rather than hitting European routes used for family holidays to summer resorts.

Members of the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (Ialpa) at the budget airline voted overwhelmingly (99%) in favour of industrial action.

Ryanair said it has tried to avert disruption by sending Fórsa written proposals on seniority, annual leave and base transfers, "yet Fórsa has rejected 21 separate invitations to meet Ryanair to negotiate these documents".

Ryanair say these customers will receive refunds and/or free transfers to alternative flights.

Pilots will strike for 24 hours on Thursday. It said it has "already engaged in extensive negotiations with national cabin crew unions across Europe during which all of these, and other issues, are being negotiated".

There has also been no confirmation on the number of services which will be cancelled by the industrial action or number of passengers who will be affected.

In a statement, the company apologised for the disruption but said it could not rule out further disruption through the summer.

Ryanair said: "We regrettably must plan for some disruptions on Thursday, and try to minimise their impact, especially upon Irish customers and their families travelling on holidays to Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Greece".

Any customers who have been affected by the cancellations should have received a notification by text or email on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Ryanair cabin crew are also planning action of their own with their staff based in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Belgium saying they will strike in late July.

Unions have said further action may follow if the airline does not make concessions on some employment terms.

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