Hundreds of Ryanair flights cancelled today as pilots strike in five countries

Lloyd Doyle
August 10, 2018

Ryanair has described the strike action as "regrettable and unjustified", claiming its pilots are paid more than other budget airlines.

A Dutch court on Thursday evening rejected a case from Ryanair seeking to block pilots in the Netherlands from joining the strike, affecting about 22 flights.

Pilots in the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Sweden are all taking industrial action today.

One of the most severe was the 48-hour cabin crew strike on 25 and 26 July, which saw a total of 600 flights to and from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium cancelled, ruining the travel plans of 100,000 passengers.

The VNV said it has been negotating with Ryanair over a pay-and-conditions agreement for eight months without making any progress. "The strike may go ahead", judge Theo Roell said.

Since the it first recognised unions in December 2017, walkouts have been staged multiple times by Ryanair staff in various countries.

President of VC, Martin Locher, said the union was demanding improvements in pay and working conditions.


But Ryanair, in a statement said "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". In a statement, it claimed all flights scheduled to depart from German airports would be affected.

Another key complaint of workers based in countries other than Ireland is the fact that Ryanair employs them under Irish legislation, arguing most of its employees work on Irish planes.

"The majority of customers have already been accommodated on another Ryanair flight. Passengers may wish to contact Ryanair directly regarding their scheduled flights as only the company itself can tell which flights are going to operate".

Ryanair has repeatedly said it remained open to further talks with pilot representatives.

Peter Scherrer, deputy secretary general of the European Trade Union Confederation, said he welcomed today's cross-border show of unity by pilots because it made it harder for management to ignore their demands.

That was because the strikes were hurting bookings, Ryanair said, and although it was too early to assess the impact elsewhere, it added that the action will hit average fares from having to move customers to flights it could otherwise have sold at a high last-minute price.

"We want to again apologise to customers affected by this unnecessary disruption and we ask the striking unions to continue negotiations instead of calling anymore unjustified strikes".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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