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Ryanair pilot strike affects 14,000 passengers on Spanish flights

11 August 2018

Ryanair will appeal to judges in Haarlem on Thursday afternoon in a last-ditch effort to avert a 24-hour strike called by pilots working for the Irish budget carrier in the Netherlands.

The airline said that over 2000 flights, or 85 per cent of the schedule, would operate as normal and that the majority of passengers affected have been re-booked on other Ryanair services. They would have the option of a refund, rebooking on the next flight or rerouting.

Another customer said she would miss work meetings and a doctor's appointment due to a cancelled flight.

The company calls the strikes "regrettable and unjustified".

It already suffered a round of strikes by cockpit and cabin crew last month that disrupted 600 flights in Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain, affecting 100,000 travellers.

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Labor representatives are seeking collective-bargaining agreements.

But Ryanair pilots say they earn less than counterparts at other airlines such as Lufthansa.

The Ryanair spokesperson continued: "We will first try to accommodate you on the next available Ryanair flight on the same route".

Ingolf Schumacher, pay negotiator at Germany's Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union, said pilots had to be prepared for "a very long battle" and that it could take months to push through change at Europe's largest low-priced carrier.

"It's annoying that it's happening in the summer holidays, but it's the only means they have".

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Responding to the comments Mr Calder made on the BBC today, Ryanair told Express.co.uk: "In the case of a cancelled flight, if the customer requests a full refund, then no further compensation is due".

"We expect the company to lower profit guidance for FY19 as it lowers capacity, on both strike disruption and crew shortages, and see weaker unit revenue trends as strike-affected traffic is redeployed on to operating flights and as passengers book away from what is now a less reliable travel option than usual", HSBC analyst Andrew Lobbenberg said.

It has already threatened to move part of its Dublin fleet to Poland, which could cost 300 jobs, including 100 pilot positions.

"We want to apologise to customers affected by this unnecessary disruption and we ask the striking unions to continue negotiations instead of calling anymore unjustified strikes [sic]".

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Ryanair pilot strike affects 14,000 passengers on Spanish flights