Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas

Ryanair, flights, cancel, cancellation, pilots, Germany, strike, union, Italy, Ireland, pay, Christmas, December, dates


Irish pilots join colleagues in Germany and Italy, and more may too

Irish pilots working for Ryanair have voted for a strike to take place on December 20. It is the latest in a wave of strikes that have been planned by the budget airline’s employees.

A majority of the 84 Ryanair-employed members of the union the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association backed industrial action in a secret ballot.

Ryanair’s largest base is London Stansted, but it is headquartered in Dublin where it has 360 pilots based, and this Irish strike will probably disrupt flights during the Christmas period.

Ryanair pilots in Italy and Germany have already voted to strike for four hours on December 15, from 13:00 to 17:00. Italian pilots working for Vueling and Alitalia will also take part, as will air traffic controllers.

Germany too
German pilots, meanwhile, say that a Ryanair strike “can be expected at any time”, though it promises to avoid striking from December 23 to 26. But a walkout before that would have a run-on effect as planes and crew would find themselves in the wrong places.

Ryanair has 87 bases in Europe, and pilots at all of them are campaigning for better conditions. The airline has tried to placate them by offering pay rises, but less than a third of the bases have accepted.

Related stories

Ryanair faces first-ever pilot strike

Swedish unions join Danes’ Ryanair strike threat

Ryanair suffers as Alitalia delays


Check Also

European Union, EU, transport commissioner, Bulc, O'Leary, Walsh, ATC, striles, Europe, EU, France, Spain, complain, meeting

Rival airline bosses demand action over ATC strikes

The bosses of Ryanair and IAG march to Brussels to demand action to stop growing wave of air traffic control walkouts.

strike, delay, cancel, flights, travel, tourism, Spain, Barcelona, June, Balaeric, Majorca, Palma, Menorca, Ibiza

New strike warning for Spain

Thousands of flights to and from popular tourist destinations in eastern Spain may be cancelled.

ATC, air traffic control, France, strikes, Ryanair, warning, government, report, equipment, delays, flight, airlines, cost, Europe

French ATC causes third of delays in Europe

A new report says that air traffic control strikes and old equipment cost airlines €300 million each year.

EU, air traffic control, strike, ATC, eurocontrol, study, capacity, future, growth, air travel, airlines, airports, passengers, delays

Europe’s aviation faces “serious capacity challenges”

A new study warns that changes are needed now to avert more flight delays in the future.

Ryanair, pilots, rostering, scandal, 2017, Italy, fine, competition authority, EU, passengers, cancel, flights, compensation, rights, consumers

Italy fines Ryanair almost €2m

The competition authority says the low-cost carrier initially failed to correctly inform passengers of their right to compensation.

germany, oktoberfest, beer, festival, munich, cost, mass, litre, Stuttgart, Cannstatter Volksfest

Oktoberfest beer exceeds €11 for first time

A fast-rising tax imposed by the city of Munich is pushing up the cost of a litre of beer.