Ryanair pilots have announced two new days of intended strike action

Daniel Fowler
July 15, 2018

As many as 120 Ryanair pilots were balloted on industrial action, according to the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association, though it's not clear how many are rostered for duty during the strike and what proportion of those will walk out.

Those unions have been holding meetings with Ryanair bigwigs since that announcement.

The airline has said that if pilots wish to continue with strike action then "so be it."

The cancellations have arisen since 27% of Irish pilots of the Forsa union chose to strike and after conversations between the union and the airline proved fruitless.

Ryanair is Europe's largest budget airline headquartered in Ireland.

Check your phone: Ryanair has said any customers affected by the 30 of 290 flights cancelled, have been notified.

Ryanair said over 90pc of its 5,000 customers whose flights were cancelled were rebooked on alternative flights or had applied for full refunds by 5pm yesterday.

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Flights between Ireland and Europe are set to operate as normal.

Flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom are the only ones effected so far however, more planned strikes in the future could effect journeys to Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium.

"We will do this by cancelling a number of flights on high-frequency routes from Ireland to London and other United Kingdom province destinations where customers can transfer readily to other flights on Thurs or switch their travel to Friday, Saturday or subsequent days".

Worryingly for those who have booked holidays in the coming months, the airline has said it "cannot rule out further disruptions in July and August".

"We can not rule out further disruptions in July and August, especially when some Aer Lingus pilots wrote officially to the DAA on 25 June - some 10 days before the results of the Ryanair pilot ballot were known - to advise that they were "contemplating a series of 1 and 2 days strikes in July and August".

But management have struggled to reach agreement with unions on new terms and conditions and the airline has been hit by industrial action in Germany and Portugal.

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