Ireland Ryanair to cancel up to 30 flights on Thursday due to pilot strike

19:05  10 july  2018
19:05  10 july  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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Ryanair has announced it’s cancelling up to 30 of its 290 Irish flights on Thursday as a result of a planned pilots ’ strike . The airline said it was doing this to limit the disruption to high frequency British-Irish routes.

RYANAIR have announced that 30 flights will be cancelled from the UK to Ireland. This is due to pilot strike action. #RedMist”. Another said: “@ Ryanair when will you advise people if their flight on Thursday has been delayed? Seriously you need to sort this out ..please”.

A Ryanair jet lands at Dublin Airport (Niall Carson/PA) © Provided by Irish Independent A Ryanair jet lands at Dublin Airport (Niall Carson/PA)

In a customer update, it said it could not rule out further disruption this month or next and apologised to Irish customers for “these regrettable disruptions”.

It said it did its utmost to avoid the industrial action over pilots’ demand for a ‘seniority list’ to decide who gets holidays, promotions and transfers.

“We  regrettably must plan for some disruptions on Thursday, and try to minimise their impact, especially upon Irish customers and their families travelling on holidays to Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Greece,” said the airline.

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DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair said it would cancel up to 30 of its 290 Irish flights on Thursday as a result of a planned pilots ’ strike , limiting the disruption to high frequency British-Irish routes but warned further disruptions could not be ruled out.

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It said it is cancelling some flights on high frequency routes from Ireland to London and other destinations in the UK.

It said these were routes on which customers could transfer “readily” to other flights on the day of the strike. They could otherwise switch to earlier flights tomorrow, or later on Friday, Saturday or beyond.

“We have this morning planned to cancel up to 30 of our 290 flights to and from Irish airports on Thursday 12,” it said.

All customers on these flights received text and email notification of the cancellations today.

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The airline said customer service teams are helping them with refunds and transfers to alternative flights.

It said it would also help customers travelling to the UK with alternative flights and ferries.

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The airline said customers who are travelling to or from Ireland on a Ryanair flight on Thursday who have not received notification that their flight has been cancelled can expect it to go ahead.

They should check in as normal at their departure airport.

Ryanair is due to enter talks with the Irish Airline Pilots Association at Dublin Airport tomorrow. However, its parent union Fórsa has said the strike is still likely to go ahead.

The airline said it sent proposals to Fórsa on seniority, annual leave and base transfers “which are what Fórsa claims are the reasons for this strike”.

“Ryanair pilots have already secured a 20pc pay increase, earn up to €200,000 per year, work five days-on followed by four days-off, enjoy rapid promotions and unmatched job security,” it said.

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One user said she feared for her wedding, with 30 Ryanair flights booked for her party, while others Initially, Ryanair was making available only lists of cancelled flights up to Wednesday 20 September. Ryanair rejected allegations that the real reason for the cancellations is a shortage of pilots .

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

The airline blamed some Aer Lingus pilots whose airline would benefit from the disruption for organising the strike.

“These coordinated strike threats are designed to cause unnecessary disruption to customers and damage Ryanair’s low fare model, for the benefit of high fare competitor airlines in Ireland and Germany,” it said.

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