Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Strike hits Ryanair flights today

Ryanair said that if the pilots wanted to stage more unsuccessful strikes, so be it - but said it remained available for talks.

But they have reassured passengers that all Ireland to Europe flights will operate as normal.

Pilots in Ireland, Ryanair's home country, held a strike for the first time on Thursday as they demanded better conditions from Europe's largest low-priced carrier, which is trying to stave off a wave of industrial action across its network.

The airline - who recently revealed they will charge passengers more for baggage - have had to cancel 30 of their flights leaving today.

Flights from Dublin to Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester have all been affected. In December, the airline gave in to growing pressure and recognised trade unions for the first time in its 32-year history.

Last week, pilots voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action (99%) following a dispute over management's approach to transferring pilots between its European and African bases.

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Ryanair executives fear that further strike action may hit the airline in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece and France later in the summer holiday season.

IALPA and Ryanair met for talks on Wednesday but that ended without agreement.

RYANAIR pilots are to hold two further one-day strikes later this month after talks failed to find a breakthrough.

Cabin crew in four countries have announced plans to strike in July and several other pilot unions are considering industrial action to demand improved conditions, including contracts under local rather than Irish law.

"There has been no customer disruption other than the 30 flights which were cancelled ... and all these customers switched flights or selected refunds", a spokesman said.

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