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Ryanair axes hundreds of flights for tomorrow

The low-cost carrier says that all affected passengers have been offered a refund or an alternative route.

Ryanair is cancelling hundreds of flights tomorrow to and from Germany, in addition to many others across the continent, because of a 24-hour strike by pilots.

The low-cost carrier, which agreed a few months ago to recognise unions for the first time, says it has already told passengers who are affected by the cancellation of the 250 German flights, offering refunds or alternative routes, the Press Association reports.

This is on top of the cancellation of 22 flights to or from Sweden, 104 to or from Belgium and 20 to or from Ireland, also due to the 24-hour strike on Friday.

As reported, the union Vereinigung Cockpit announced yesterday that Ryanair pilots in Germany would join the strike over pay and conditions.

Ryanair’s view
The budget airline protests that the strike in Germany is “unjustified”.

“We regret the decision of the VC to go ahead with this unnecessary strike action given that we sent through a revised proposal on a collective labour agreement (CLA) and stated our intention to work towards achieving a CLA together,” said the airline’s marketing chief Kenny Jacobs.

“We also invited VC to meet us on Tuesday but they did not respond to this invitation,” he added.

“Our pilots in Germany enjoy excellent working conditions. They are paid up to €190,000 a year and, as well as additional benefits, they received a 20% pay increase at the start of this year. Ryanair pilots earn at least 30% more than Eurowings’ and 20% more than Norwegian’s pilots.”

He concluded: “Ryanair is now forced to cancel 250 flights of over 2,400 flights scheduled to operate on Friday. We apologise to our customers for this unnecessary strike and regrettable disruption.”

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