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Ryanair pilots are striking in all 5 European countries, forcing the cancellation of a sixth of the firm’s flights during the holiday season peak.

The 24-hour walk-out involves staff in Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium in addition to the Netherlands. About 50,000 passengers are understood to have been told of cancellations on 400 flights.

The action is usually the largest in a series of strikes over pay in addition to conditions.

Ryanair says the idea has made every effort to resolve the dispute.

The Irish airline, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, averted widespread strikes before Christmas by agreeing to recognise unions for once in its 30-year history.

nevertheless there have been protests ever since over the negotiating of collective labour agreements.

About 300 Ryanair flights were cancelled in July when cabin crews in Belgium, Portugal in addition to Spain went on strike for 48 hours.


‘I’m going to miss my best friend’s wedding’

Emily Dutton was due to fly to Gothenburg in Sweden for a wedding, with her boyfriend Craig.

nevertheless the “once in a lifetime experience” of being at her best friend Justine’s wedding seems impossible today, after Ryanair cancelled her flight with two days notice.

The 27-year-old project manager through Letchworth was due to fly through Stansted Airport, in addition to was told there were no alternative flights for the rest of the day.

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Emily Dutton in addition to her boyfriend Craig were due to fly to Gothenburg for a best friend’s wedding

“The only reason I found that will out was through a reminder email about checking in being sent to my email account.

“Had I not checked, I would likely have arrived at the airport only to find my flight being cancelled.

“I spent about four hours [yesterday] calling them in addition to trying to find my own travel options to see how to get to Sweden.

“They couldn’t find us any alternative flights until Sunday. Great news, the wedding is usually on Saturday doing sure that will was absolutely no use.”

She tried to find any additional flights to Sweden through additional UK airports, in addition to even asked if she could fly to Copenhagen in Denmark, in addition to get a train to Gothenburg instead.

“My only options were to get a refund or to go down the route – which I have done – to claim compensation.”


The airline in recent days announced the cancellations of 250 flights in in addition to out Germany, 104 to in addition to through Belgium in addition to another 42 affecting Sweden in addition to Ireland.

A Dutch court on Thursday evening rejected a case through Ryanair seeking to block pilots within the Netherlands through joining the strike, affecting about 22 flights. nevertheless at about the same time Ryanair issued a statement saying there would likely be no cancellations.

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The unions want the contracts of Ryanair employees to be governed by the laws of the nation where they are based, not by Irish legislation.

Ryanair has described the strike action as “regrettable in addition to unjustified”, claiming its pilots are paid more than additional budget airlines.

the idea said the idea has taken every step to minimise the disruption, adding: “The majority of customers affected have already been reaccommodated on another Ryanair flight.”


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Ryanair strike: One in six flights cancelled in pilot walkout