Ryanair to operate flights despite strikes
Ryanair has pledged to operate all flights to and from UK airports as scheduled next week despite strike action planned by a pilots union.
The Irish carrier claims more than 95 per cent of its UK-based pilots have confirmed they will work their rosters and not take part planned walk-outs on 2, 3 and 4 September. It therefore does not expect any disruption to its flight schedule on those days.
The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) hailed a victory in the High Court last week after a judge denied Ryanair an injunction against the strikes, which have been called in a dispute over pay and conditions. However, the majority of pilots in the country agreed to work their normal roster regardless, which led to flights operating as normal during industrial action on 22 and 23 August.
Announcing its pledge to operate a full schedule next week on Twitter, Ryanair said: “On behalf of our customers and their families we wish to sincerely thank all our UK pilots who have not supported this BALPA strike…
“We have invited BALPA to meet with Ryanair (this week) to resume negotiations, and to call off these unsupported and failed pilot strikes, but BALPA have refused to take these repeated invitations.”
Customer Update – all Ryanair flights to/from UK airports on Mon 2nd, Tues 3rd & Wed 4th Sept will operate as scheduled: pic.twitter.com/W5p6RZTarO
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) August 28, 2019
Meanwhile, British Airways is still facing BALPA strikes on 9, 10 and 27 September.
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Author: Molly Dyson