Thousands of passengers affected by Ryanair pilot’s strike, UK-Ireland flights cancelled

Published on : Thursday, December 27, 2018

Ryanair, Europe’s budget airline cancelled 30 flights between the UK and the Irish capital affecting more than 5,000 Ryanair passengers on Thursday.



Due to pilot strike the biggest budget carrier in Europe had their flights to and from Dublin cancelled along with six flights to and from Gatwick and four linking Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.



Round trips to Standsted and Glasgow were also halted.



There are disputes about the arrangements for transferring flight crew between European and north African bases  between the members of the Irish Air Line Pilot’s Association (IALPA) directly employed by Ryanair.



Conflicts regarding seniority and annual leave arrangements also exist. After seven hours of talks both the sides failed to reach on an agreement.



Ryanair stated that the passengers on the affected flights were informed and re-accommodated but some of the passengers took to twitter and complained of not being warned about the flight cancellation.




So far the airline employs around 100 pilots in Ireland and most of the flights operate as normal. The flights are flown by pilots working for the airline on personal services contracts.


In December 2017 Ryanair changed its policies, it had earlier refused to recognsie trade unions.



Over a range a separate demands, there is a separate dispute as cabin crew in Belgium, Italy, Portugal  are planning a 48-hour strike on 25 and 26 July and their colleagues will stop work for 24 hours on the same day.

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