Ryanair July strikes 2018: Airline reveals flight cancellations to angry customers

Jeannie Matthews
July 15, 2018

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

Some of Ryanair's Ireland-based pilots on Thursday announced two more one-day strikes later this month following their on-going 24-hour strike which will end on the midnight of Thursday.

The Irish budget carrier confirmed it had cancelled 30 flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom and these were focused on routes that would allow passengers to find alternative flights easily.

In their statement, Ryanair said: "We have this morning planned to cancel up to 30 of our 290 flights to and from Irish airports on Thurs 12th".

Pilots from the IALPA are striking in a dispute over what it claimed was management's approach to transferring pilots between its European and African bases.

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

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In a statement, Ryanair said today's strike had "achieved nothing" as all customers on the 30 affected flights had switched flights or accepted refunds.

That is just ahead of planned strikes by cabin crew in Spain Italy, Portugal and Belgium on 25 July and 26 July.

"We have tried to avert this disruption, which is unnecessary given Ryanair pilots' and their union FORSA has received written proposals on seniority, annual leave and base transfers, which are what FORSA claims are the reasons for this strike, yet FORSA has rejected 21 separate invitations to meet Ryanair to negotiate these documents".

"The prospect of further industrial action can not be ruled out at this stage", FORSA/IALPA union official Angela Kirk said in an interview with state broadcaster RTE. And IALPA has said it plans to notify Ryanair of additional walkouts "in due course".

On Twitter, Ryanair said: "We respect but regret the decision of 25% of our Irish pilots to go on strike, but believe that they should take up our offer of working groups so we can resolve these issues".

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