Ryanair passengers face disruption as UK strike starts, Irish strike averted

epaselect epa06909506 Ryanair airplanes stand idle on the tarmac during the first day of strike of the company's cabin crews at Brussels South airport, in Charleroi, Belgium, 25 July 2018. The strike is expected to affect some 23,500 passengers to and from Belgium: about 16,500 in Charleroi and more than 7,000 in Brussels Airport. Ryanair cabin crews demand better wages and working conditions. Media reports say that the airline had cancelled some 600 flights on the two days with up to 100,000 passengers having to find alternative routes or accept a refunding. EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

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Thousands of Ryanair passengers could face disruption as a two-day strike by UK pilots gets under way.

On Wednesday, the airline lost a legal challenge in the High Court to block the strike, which is part of a dispute over pay and conditions.

Ryanair has said it will aim to minimise disruption for passengers and will be able to run its “full schedule of flights”.

However, it said it could not rule out some delays.

The airline said it had drafted in pilots from elsewhere in Europe to fill in during strike action.

Ryanair said it would inform passengers of any changes to their flights by email and text message. “If you have not received any SMS or email from us, your flight is scheduled to operate,” it said. Customers can also check its website, it said.

Another 48-hour walkout is planned by the union to coincide with the end of the summer holidays.

In the meantime, in Ireland, the Irish High Court has granted the airline an injunction to prevent a 48-hour stoppage by pilots going ahead from midnight Wednesday. In his ruling in the Irish High Court this morning Mr Justice Denis McDonald said that he was satisfied from the evidence that Ryanair DAC was entitled to orders against Forsa, which is the parent union of IALPA, preventing the airline pilots from striking for 48 hours commencing on midnight on August 22nd next.

The orders are to remain in place pending the full hearing of the dispute.

 

Via BBC/ Independent.ie

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