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 airlineâs biggest base in Europe, is Britainâs 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.