Ryanair cancellations legal, admits government, demands more information

Darnell Taylor
July 22, 2018

Flights to and from Belgium, Portugal, and Spain are affected.

A strike by Ryanair pilots is set to go ahead on Friday resulting in the cancellation of 24 flights between the Republic of Ireland and the UK.

Irish LCC Ryanair said it would cancel up to 600 flights on July 25 and 26 because of planned strikes by cabin crew in Belgium, Spain and Portugal, adding to its labor problems during the peak European summer vacation period as a conflict with pilots based in Ireland also continues.

A further one-day pilots' strike is planned for next Tuesday, while cabin crew in Belgium, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, will strike for two days next week. The Spanish government is struggling to reach an agreement with Ryanair, as the 1,800 cabin crew members are hired under Irish laws.

"All affected customers have been contacted by email and SMS text message earlier today and we will re-accommodate or refund all of those whose flights have been disrupted".

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It is estimated the cancellations will affect up to 100,000 customers.

Ryanair apologized for the disruption. He said the strikes are "entirely unjustified and will achieve nothing".

Ryanair, which published a list of cabin crew benefits on Twitter on Wednesday, including pay of up to 40,000 euros per year, said its staff has some of the best conditions in Europe's low-priced airline sector.

The staff are unhappy about a range of pay and conditions issues.

Unions in all four countries are asking that Ryanair staff be employed according to the national legislation of the country they operate in, rather than that of Ireland as is now the case.

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