Ryanair strike grounds hundreds of flights to Spain, Germany, Portugal and Italy in day of disruption

By On September 28, 2018

Ryanair strike grounds hundreds of flights to Spain, Germany, Portugal and Italy in day of disruption

Dozens of flights to and from UK airports have been cancelled by the latest strike by Ryanair staff.

An estimated 2,000 Ryanair employees, mainly cabin crew working in Spain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Italy, as well as Dutch and German pilots, are stopping work.

They are unhappy about issues from pay to labour contracts. As with several previous stoppages this summer, the industrial action has been coordinated across Europe for Friday â€" normally the busiest day of the week.

In total, around 250 flights have been grounded, affecting 40,000 passengers.

Ryanair had cancelled 150 flights earlier in the week, notifying the affected customers and telling other travellers that their departures would go ahead. But on Thursday the airline said pilots in Germany would join the strike, with up to 100 additional flights shelved as a result.

Stansted, the airline’s biggest base in Europe, is Britain’s worst-affected airport. Twenty flights, mainly to and from Germany, have been cancelled.

At Manchester, links to and from Barcelona, Berlin, Faro and Malaga have been grounded.

Other cancellations include Birmingham to Lanzarote and East Midlands to Malaga.

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Ryanair airline workers shout slogans during a small protest during the first of two days of a cabin crew strike at Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport in Madrid in July AP

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Empty Ryanair check-in counter at El Prat airport in Barcelona AFP/Getty Images

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Ryanair employees hold up signs in English and Spanish on the first day of a cabin crew strike in Palma de Mallorca REUTERS

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Ryanair airplanes stand idle on the tarmac EPA

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Irish Ryanair pilots o utside the company headquarters at Swords in Dublin, as they stage their fourth one-day strike with their union, Forsa PA

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A woman sits at a Ryanair airline check-in desk after her flight to Pisa, Italy, was cancelled AP

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Ryanair employees protest at the entrance of the airport in Malaga REUTERS

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Stranded Ryanair passengers line up for information at the airport in Valencia REUTERS

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Employees of Ryanair's customer service department wear T-shirts with a slogan 'Ryanair Must Change' during the first day of strike of the company's cabin crew members at Brussels South airport in Charleroi, Belgium, in 25 EPA

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Cabin crew workers for low-cost airline Ryanair went on strike in four European countries over working conditions in July, forcing thousands of passengers to make last-minute travel adjustments at the peak of the summer holiday season REUTERS

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Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary addresses a news conference in Schwechat, Austria Reuters

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Ryanair employees hold up signs at the airport in Palma de Mallorca REUTERS

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People queue at the Ryanair airline customer service desk during the first of two days cabin crew strike AP

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Ryanair personnel stand at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, during a strike of cabin personnel AFP/Getty Images

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Ryanair's customer service department gather behind a banner reading: 'Ryanair On Strike - Respect Us! Ryanair must change' at Brussels South airport, in Charleroi, Belgium EPA

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Passengers wait in line in front of Ryanair's desks EPA

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Ryanair planes at Valencia airport, during a protest on the first day of a cabin crew strike held in several European countries REUTERS

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A passenger tries to get informations on Ryanair flights EPA

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Ryanair airline workers shout slogans during a small protest during the first of two days of a cabin crew strike at Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport in Madrid in July AP

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Empty Ryanair check-in counter at El Prat airport in Barcelona AFP/Getty Images

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Ryanair employees hold up signs in English and Spanish on the first day of a cabin crew strike in Palma de Mallorca REUTERS

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Ryanair airplanes stand idle on the tarmac EPA

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Irish Ryanair pilots outside the company headquarters at Swords in Dublin, as they stage their fourth one-day strike with their union, Forsa PA

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A woman sits at a Ryanair airline check-in desk after her flight to Pisa, Italy, was cancelled AP

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Ryanair employees protest at the entrance of the airport in Malaga REUTERS

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Stranded Ryanair passengers line up for information at the airport in Valencia REUTERS

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Employees of Ryanair's customer service department wear T-shirts with a slogan 'Ryanair Must Change' during the first day of strike of the company's cabin crew members at Brussels South airport in Charleroi, Belgium, in 25 EPA

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Cabin crew workers for low-cost airline Ryanair went on strike in four European countries over working conditions in July, forcing thousands of passengers to make last-minute travel adjustments at the peak of the summer holiday season REUTERS

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Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary addresses a news conference in Schwechat, Austria Reuters

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Ryanair employees hold up signs at the airport in Palma de Mallorca REUTERS

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People queue at the Ryanair airline customer service desk during the first of two days cabin crew strike AP

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Ryanair personnel stand at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, during a strike of cabin personnel AFP/Getty Images

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Ryanair's customer service department gather behind a banner reading: 'Ryanair On Strike - Respect Us! Ryanair must change' at Brussels South airport, in Charleroi, Belgium EPA

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Passengers wait in line in front of Ryanair's desks EPA

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Ryanair planes at Valencia airport, during a protest on the first day of a cabin crew strike held in several European countries REUTERS

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A passenger tries to get informations on Ryanair flights EPA

Ryanair first recognised trades unions in December 2017, after thousands of flights were cancelled due to a shortage of pilots. Since then, it said “significant progress” had been made in negotiations with trade unions across Europe.

Its chief executive, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary, said: “Progress is being impeded by the interference of competitor airline pilots and cabin crew who are conspiring to call repeated and unnecessary strikes, which are disrupting Ryanair’s customers, and damaging our business for the benefit of their legacy airline employers.

“The majority of Ryanair’s pilots and cabin crew do not support these strik es, and they have continued to work normally. We work hard to ensure that our people enjoy the best pay, terms and conditions of any low cost 737 airline in Europe.”

Stranded at Stansted? Ryanair has cancelled 20 flights to and from its main base due to the latest strike (Simon Calder)

Passengers whose departures are cancelled are entitled to replacement flights, accommodation and meals.

In addition the Civil Aviation Authority has urged Ryanair passengers grounded by strikes to claim €250 (£220) or €400 in compensation under European air passengers’ rights rules.

But Ryanair says it will reject any compensation claims for strikes because they were caused by “extraordinary circumstances”.

Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal

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