Ryanair advised customers that it has pre-cancelled 190 scheduled flights on Fri 28th due to a unnecessary strike by a tiny minority of cabin crew in Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Germany. All affected customers have received emails and text SMS messages this morning advising them of their flight cancellation 3 days in advance.
Ryanair sincerely regrets these unnecessary customer disruptions, which have been called by unions at the behest of competitor airline employees. In Spain, a Norwegian cabin crew member in Alicante is driving the strike, in Portugal a TAP cabin crew is calling for strikes without the support of our Portuguese cabin crew, and in Italy where Ryanair yesterday signed a CLA agreement with the 3 main cabin crew unions, this threatened strike has been called by a tiny union which has no recognition or support among our Italian cabin crew.
Ryanair apologises to the 30,000 (out of 450,000) customers who are likely to be affected by these unjustified disruptions on Fri 28th. These strikes are unnecessary when Ryanair has already agreed to the union demands for local contracts and local T&C’s. As these strikes are being promoted and driven by competitor employees, they are regrettably beyond Ryanair’s control. All Ryanair customers flying on Fri 28th who have not yet received an email or text SMS notice today can expect that their flight will operate as scheduled. Over 90% of Ryanair’s 2,400 flights and 450,000 customers on Fri will be unaffected by these unnecessary strikes.