Ryanair Cancels Flights As Strike Hits Europe

Ryanair cancels 250 flights as strikes in six countries hit services

Ryanair cancels 250 flights as strikes in six countries hit services

The latest walkout comes after a series of strikes at the budget airline, with hundreds of flights being terminated last month over similar issues with staff across Europe.

On September 12 dozens of flights were cancelled in Germany after pilots and flight attendants refused to work for 24 hours.

The action in some of Ryanair's largest markets will be its second biggest one-day strike after some 55,000 customers were affected in August when pilots in five European countries walked out at the height of the summer holiday season.

Ryanair took the decision to cancel almost 100 further flights today after German pilots announced strike action at the last minute.

Ryanair RYA.I has been hit by strikes across Europe as it struggles in negotiations with some trade unions, forcing it to cancel flights and hurting some of its bookings.

Joining in the industrial action, the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) called on Ryanair pilots in Germany to strike from 3.01am (German time) on Friday to 2.59am on Saturday.

Staff claim this creates huge insecurity for them, blocking their access to state benefits in their country. "O'Leary today", Thyssen said in a statement after a meeting between Ryanair's combative chief executive Michael O'Leary and European Union officials. However, that number has risen to 250 following the strike action from the airline's German pilots.

Passengers on cancelled flights were contacted on Tuesday to advise them of their options.

Ryanair this week signed deals with cabin crew unions in Italy to provide employment contracts under Italian law and agreed to arbitration with the union representing its German pilots.

A spokesman for Ryanair said the company has already written to the unions in Belgium and all other EU countries, offering to implement local law, social taxes and to accept local court jurisdiction.

Thousands of travellers in Europe saw their plans disrupted Friday after airline Ryanair cancelled more than 200 flights because of strikes by cabin crew in Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Germany.

Two aircraft will be based at both Marseille and Bordeaux and will offer a total of 64 routes and handle 3.5 million passengers a year.

The EU executive backed Ryanair workers on Wednesday by saying they should work under contracts in the countries where they live rather than in Ireland where the airline's planes are registered.

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