More planes likely to be grounded
Ryanair says it will cancel a further 16 flights next Tuesday if pilots repeat today’s strike which saw 24 flights between the UK and Ireland abandoned.
A quarter of its Irish pilots went on strike, the second by Irish pilots over pay and conditions, and the third to hit Ryanair since the airline recognised unions last December.
The pilots are concerned about promotions, seniority and annual leave.
In a letter to the Irish Pilots’ union Forsa, Ryanair’s chief people officer Eddie Wilson criticised the union for not responding to its proposals after a meeting on Wednesday.
The airline said it had “re-accommodated” 50,000 customers whose flights had been cancelled due to a strike by European cabin crews.
The Irish carrier is facing strike action in many of the countries it operates in. Belgian, Portuguese and Spanish cabin crews are to strike on 25 and 26 July.