Ryanair cancels flights for pilot strike

Ryanair pilot strike not expected to affect mainland Europe

The Irish pilots' concerns relate to pay and conditions including a dispute over seniority, as well as the procedures for allocation of base transfers, promotions and annual leave.

According to a statement from Ryanair, the meeting lasted for seven hours.

The cancellations have arisen since 27% of Irish pilots of the Forsa union made a decision to strike and after conversations between the union and the airline proved fruitless.

Ryanair cancelled 30 flights on Thursday after 94, or 27 percent, of its Ireland-based pilots voted to strike.

The airline has said only Ireland-UK flights are affected.

Some one hundred directly employed Ryanair pilots based in Ireland launched a 24-hour strike on Thursday after the airline's management failed to meet their demands during Wednesday talks.

"Thanks to efforts of the majority of Irish pilots, Ryanair expects limited disruptions. other than 30 Ireland-UK flights already cancelled".

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Flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom are the only ones effected so far however, more planned strikes in the future could effect journeys to Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium.

In a final effort to avert this strike, we have agreed to meet our pilots and FORSA at a neutral venue kindly provided by Dublin Airport, but we believe this small group of pilots and FORSA are determined to disrupt the travel of Irish customers on 12th July.

"We will contact customers in due course when we receive details".

Ryanair said over 90pc of its 5,000 customers whose flights were cancelled were rebooked on alternative flights or had applied for full refunds by 5pm yesterday.

Ryanair is also facing further strikes in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium later in the summer.

The pilots union Fórsa said it was regrettable that Ryanair management had so far rejected the suggestion of third party assistance to break the deadlock.

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