US News Ryanair strike: One in six flights cancelled after pilot walkout affects five countries

12:42  10 august  2018
12:42  10 august  2018 Source:   inews.co.uk

Ryanair cancels 146 flights across Europe — including Ireland — this Friday

  Ryanair cancels 146 flights across Europe — including Ireland — this Friday Ryanair cancels 146 flights across Europe — including Ireland — this FridayThe airline has announced that pilot unions across Europe will go ahead with planned strikes this Friday, August 10.

Strike in five European countries will affect about 400 flights , one in six of the airline's services. Ryanair pilots are striking in five European countries , forcing the cancellation of a sixth of the firm's flights during the holiday season peak.

The first Ryanair pilot strike was on Thursday, July 12, with more set for the rest of the month. Will my flight be cancelled ? Ryanair ’s Dutch, Belgian & Swedish pilots to strike , with walkouts next week. Ryanair said that all affected travellers have already been notified via either text or email.

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The 24-hour Ryanair strike is underway, throwing the travel plans of up to 70,000 passengers into disarray, as 396 flights are cancelled.

That includes 250 flights to and from Germany, 104 from Belgium, 22 from Sweden and 20 between the UK and Ireland. Around 50 flights in and out of the UK have been cancelled.

Late on Thursday afternoon, judges in the Netherlands ruled Dutch pilots could also join the strike, joining their colleagues in Ireland, Germany, Sweden, and Belgium. The pilots want Dutch law to apply to staff located there, and are demanding sick pay.

Last month, 300 hundred flights a day were cancelled when staff from Spain, Portugal and Belgium went on strike for 48 hours.

Ryanair pilots in Germany call 24-hour strike

  Ryanair pilots in Germany call 24-hour strike Ryanair pilots in Germany call 24-hour strikeRyanair late last year said it would recognise unions, but has so far not agreed any collective labour deals with staff across Europe.

Airline has cancelled one in six of Friday's flights , and is taking the Dutch union to court to try to prevent extended industrial action. Irish Ryanair pilots outside the company headquarters at Swords in Dublin, as they stage their fourth one -day strike with their union, Forsa.

HUNDREDS of Ryanair flights have been scrapped today due to pilot strikes in five countries . Staff in Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands are staging a 24-hour walkout over pay and conditions.

Ryanair had managed to avert large-scale strikes before Christmas 2017 by agreeing to recognise unions for the first time.

Watch: Ryanair strike widened as German pilots joined the Friday stoppage (Provided by Reuters)

Missing a wedding

It's the largest single-day action over pay and conditions in Ryanair's history. The airline says it has made efforts to resolve the dispute and is ready to continue with negotiations.

A spokesperson added: "We apologise to our customers for this unnecessary strike and regrettable disruption.”

Emily Dutton had been due to fly to Gothenberg in Sweden for a friend's wedding with her boyfriend Craig, before her flight was cancelled two days ago.

Irish Ryanair pilots to hold further one-day strike on Friday 10 August

  Irish Ryanair pilots to hold further one-day strike on Friday 10 August It will be the fifth day of strike action since 12 July.Trade union Fórsa has today given notice that directly-employed Irish-based Ryanair pilots will stage a further one-day strike commencing at 1am on 10 August.

Ryanair has cancelled one in six of its flights for Friday as pilots in Germany, Ireland, Sweden and Belgium get ready to hold a 24-hour strike . December 22, 2017: Ryanair is unable to avert its first ever pilots strike when pilots in Germany hold a four-hour walkout with little impact on flights .

One in six Ryanair flights have been cancelled around Europe tomorrow. Which? contacted the Civil Aviation Authority, who said that the airline needs to pay out to customers affected . Ryanair strike - what date is the walkout and are flights being cancelled ?

She told the BBC the earliest alternative flight she'd been offered was on Sunday, meaning she'd miss Saturday's wedding.

"My only options were to get a refund or to go down the route - which I have done - to claim compensation," she added.

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Claiming compensation

Which? travel editor Rory Boland urges passengers affected to be firm with the airline, particularly when it comes to being offered seats with an alternative provider.

“If they aren’t [offering an alternative airline], you should be persistent about that,” he added when he appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to talk about the issue. “Look up when alternative flights are with other airlines, go back to them and be absolutely insistent.”

EU261 legislation sets compensation at €250 (approximately £225) for flights of up to 1,500km, and €400 (around £360) for longer flights in Europe and North Africa. This should be in addition to your refund, or cost of an alternative flight if you were given less than 14 days’ notice of the cancellation.

Explainer: Why Ryanair staff are striking and when

  Explainer: Why Ryanair staff are striking and when Explainer: Why Ryanair staff are striking and whenOver 110,000 passengers have been affected by pilot and cabin crew strikes in Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy this month, not to mention thousands more who have been caught up in daily air traffic control strikes across Europe.

Hundreds of Ryanair flights will not take off as planned on Friday due to pilot strikes in five countries . Staff in Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands are staging a 24-hour walkout over pay and conditions.

HOLIDAYMAKERS have expressed their fury after Ryanair was forced to cancel a sixth of their flights following a series of pilot strikes affecting five countries . The 24-hour walkout by pilot staff will take place in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands.

A spokesperson from the UK Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement: “When a flight cancellation is caused by strike action by the airline’s employees, the airline is required to pay compensation to passengers in respect of the cancellation of the flight, if it has not warned passengers of the cancellation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled time of departure."

Passengers must first submit their claim to the airline, then escalate to the Alternative Dispute Resolution service if they're unsatisfied with the result. Financial journalist Paul Lewis has urged travellers to claim despite Ryanair's prior assertion that strikes are not covered under the rules.

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