Ryanair pilot strike grounds 400 flights across Europe

Kenny Jacobs chief marketing officer of Ryanair during a news conference in Frankfurt Germany

Ryanair pilots are striking in five European countries, forcing the cancellation of a sixth of the firm's flights during the holiday season peak.

Nearly 400 flights have been cancelled today, affecting more than 55,000 passengers.

A total of around 400 flights Europewide have been cancelled due to the strike action, AFP reported - equating to around 55,000 passengers.

Ryanair passengers claimed they faced chaos during a 24-hour strike which left British travellers stranded across Europe.

Germany will be worst hit by the industrial action, with 250 flight cancellations at ten airports.

The Irish airline, Europe's largest low-priced carrier, averted widespread strikes before Christmas by agreeing to recognise unions for the first time in its 30-year history.

Unrest among pilots and staff since 2017 has forced the Ryanair management to acknowledge workers' unions for the first time - something it had previously refused to do.

Customers have been notified and a majority of those affected moved to another Ryanair flight, the company said.

In June Ryanair signed an agreement with the Unite union, giving hundreds of cabin crew employees full consultation rights and collective bargaining.

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Passengers whose flights have been cancelled will be informed by text or email, but all those travelling to and from the affected countries with Ryanair on Friday are advised to check with the airline.

Other concerns are the status of contractors whose working conditions are not as good as those enjoyed by permanently employed staff and employee contracts based on Irish legislation.

Despite the walkouts, 85 per cent of its scheduled flights, more than 2,000, will operate as normal, Ryanair said.

He added that Ryanair had already offered a 20% pay increase this year, and that 80% of its pilots in Germany were now on permanent contracts.

It has already threatened to move part of its Dublin fleet to Poland, which could cost 300 jobs, including 100 pilot positions.

Peter Scherrer, deputy secretary general of the European Trade Union Confederation, said he welcomed today's cross-border show of unity by pilots.

Last night, Ryanair said "it took every step to minimise disruption" to passengers.

"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".

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