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Published on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Ryanair cancels 146 flights ahead of Friday's strikes

Ryanair pilots in Belgium, Sweden and Ireland are set to stage a 24-hour strike on Friday and pilots in Germany and the Netherlands could join in too.

A poll by the Association of Dutch Pilots (VNV) found 99.5% would be in favour of a strike while Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), the German pilots' union, said 96% of Ryanair pilots voted in favour.

Talks are ongoing in both countries.

"Ryanair has been playing for time in the negotiations since January," said a VC statement.

"If the signal given by this vote is not taken seriously, then strikes - such as in other European countries - are inevitable."

The confirmed action on Friday by pilots in Belgium, Sweden and Ireland will lead to the cancellation of 146 flights - 104 to and from Belgium, 22 in Sweden and 20 in Ireland - and will impact 25,000 passengers.

Ryanair has described the strikes as unnecessary and said it will re-accommodate or refund all passengers who are affected.

"We apologise to our customers for the disruption these unnecessary strikes will cause," said Ryanair.

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  • This has been going on so long...... gives the impression O'Realy is doing something VERY wrong. I know many people who would not even consider booking Ryanair.

    By Peter Mannell, Tuesday, August 7, 2018

  • how dumb are these pilots

    massive worldwide recession coming & these guys will be the 1st ones laid off.

    By Michael Anderson, Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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