Hundreds to be affected by Ryanair strikes at Stansted Airport

Daniel Fowler
August 11, 2018

This week it was announced that strike action by pilots across Europe is expected to cause maximum disruption to summer getaways, with around 250 Ryanair flights cancelled.

Despite the walkouts, 85pc of its scheduled flights, more than 2,000, will operate as normal, Ryanair said.

"My only options were to get a refund or to go down the route - which I have done - to claim compensation".

But Ryanair insisted in a statement that 'there will be no cancellations (of flights to and from the Netherlands) as a result of the unnecessary strike action by the Dutch pilot union'.

Ryanair has refused to issue a list of the flights cancelled, but The Times understands that at least 50 departures from the United Kingdom have been called off, with more than 250 cancelled in Ireland.

The airline will hold talks via a mediator on Monday with the Irish pilots union, which said it had no current plans for further strikes.

Last month cabin crew on Ryanair flights serving Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy downed tools.

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But there have been protests ever since over the negotiating of collective labour agreements. Ryanair had filed for an urgent court order to prevent industrial action by pilots in the Netherlands.

Ingolf Schumacher, pay negotiator at Germany's Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union, said pilots had to be prepared for "a very long battle" and that it could take months to push through change at Europe's largest low-priced carrier.

Unions representing Ryanair staff said they want work rules to be governed by the laws of countries where employees are based, not the laws in Ireland where Ryanair is headquartered.

"It's annoying that it's happening in the summer holidays, but it's the only means they have".

Will Ryanair be offering compensation for travellers?

The unrest is one of the biggest challenges to face long-term chief executive Michael O'Leary, who was once quoted as saying he would rather cut off his hand than recognise unions and on another occasion crossed a picket line of baggage handlers to help load a plane. The majority of customers affected have already been re-accommodated on another Ryanair flight.

A Ryanair spokesman said: 'Ryanair took every step to minimise the disruption and we notified our customers as early as possible advising them of their free move, refund or reroute options.

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