Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Ryanair cabin crew threaten strike amid holiday season

Ryanair cabin crew threaten strike amid holiday season

However, only those travelling between Ireland and the United Kingdom will be hit by the stoppage.

This would mean that pilots with the longest service would be given first call on holidays, promotions and transfers to other bases.

Members of the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (Ialpa) at the budget airline voted overwhelmingly (99%) in favour of industrial action.

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

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Ryanair said it would notify customers of any possible disruption to their flights by tomorrow, Tuesday, two days before the strike.

The airline has told customers who are travelling on a Ryanair flight to or from Ireland on Thursday and who have not already received an email or text, that expect the flights to go ahead and they should check in as normal at their departure airport.

It said these are routes where customers could transfer "readily" to other flights today, tomorrow or at the weekend.

Ryanair have expressed on their social channels that they have been contacting Fórsa in an attempt to halt planned strike action but as it stands no definitive agreement has been reached. Those who did not get a notification but are flying on Thursday should check in as normal. In total, 30 of Ryanair's 290 flights will be cancelled on Thursday.

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Relations soured even further last week following the publication of an internal memo in which Ryanair's "chief people officer" Eddie Wilson described the planned strike action as "blackmail".

Ryanair cabin crew are threatening to disrupt Europe's biggest low-priced airline at the height of the holiday season.

In a statement, the company apologised for the disruption but said it could not rule out further disruption through the summer.

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