Latest: Ryanair says pilot strike 'achieved nothing'; Says 262 flights operated normally today

Update: 5.40pm Ryanair has said that all of its 262 flights from Irish airports have operated as normal today amid pilot strikes.

The airline said there had been "no customer disruption other than the 30 flights which were cancelled on Tuesday".

These flights were scheduled to operate between Irish and UK airports, and Ryanair said in a statement this afternoon that "all these customers switched flights or selected refunds".

The company praised the "great work" of their pilots and cabin crews today and said that the strike by 25% of their pilots today had "achieved nothing".

Ryanair said that they hoped the striking pilots and their union would set up a working group to discuss and resolve the contentious issues.

Update - 2.22pm: Ryanair make alternative arrangements for 5,000 passengers affected by strike

Ryanair says it has made alternative arrangements for around 5,000 passengers affected by today's strike.

The 24-hour strike has resulted in the cancellation of 30 of its 290 scheduled flights today.

Update - 10.25am: Ryanair have said that pilots on strike today over union recognition, base transfers and seniority "should take up our offer of working groups" in order to find a solution to the dispute.

Around 70 pilots are on the picket line outside Dublin Airport after 99% of those balloted voted for industrial action recently.

The airline has tweeted: "Good news, all 26 first wave Dublin aircraft departed on schedule this morning with lots of families travelling on holidays, thanks to the efforts of the majority of our pilots who are working normally.

"We respect but regret the decision of 25% of our Irish pilots to go on strike, but believe that they should take up our offer of working groups so we can resolve these issues."

9.55am: Ryanair pilots not ruling out further strike action 'to get management at the table', says union

Around 70 pilots are on the picket line outside Dublin Airport as their dispute with Ryanair continues.

The airline has cancelled 30 flights to the UK, but says the vast majority of passengers have been rebooked or refunded.

The Irish Airline Pilots Association will meet later to decide if further strikes are warranted.

99% of those balloted voted for industrial action in a row over seniority at the airline.

Ryanair pilots at Dublin Airport go on strike for the first time ever in the company's history. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Pilots’ union IALPA will meet later to decide the next steps and Niall Shanahan from parent union Forsa won’t rule out further strikes.

Mr Shanahan said: "We can't confirm, one way or another, what may happen at this stage, but we do have to reflect on the actual experience as it's happened.

"It has taken strike action to get management at the table, it may take that again."

6.57am:

Ryanair pilots are on the picket line this morning for the first time in the airline's history.

The airline has cancelled 30 of 290 scheduled flights, but has already alerted affected customers.

The company says if customers have not received notifications, they should travel as normal.

Bernard Harbour from trade union Forsa says yesterday's talks were promising, but they just ran out of time.

He said: "We did try to explore the potential of a working group to deal with the real issues.

"I think everybody kind of accepted at this late stage of the game, it was unlikely that we were going to crack this with a strike breathing down our neck."

Angela Kirk from the trade union Fórsa, which is representing pilots, says they were left with no other option.

She said: "We regret the fact that it has come to this, pilots don't want to go on strike.

"They know it is bad for the passengers, bad for the airline and it's bad for the economy and indeed it's bad for themselves.

"But we have been left with no choice because the company is either unwilling or incapable of negotiating an agreement on base transfers."

The dispute centres on issues like union recognition, base transfers and seniority.

Ryanair has said the disruption is “unnecessary” and insisted it has already sent the FÓRSA union “written proposals on seniority, annual leave and base transfers.”

The Commission for Aviation Regulation has urged affected passengers to make themselves aware of their entitlements in the event the strike does go ahead.

    If a flight is cancelled, the airline is obliged to offer:

  • Re-routing as soon as possible
  • Re-routing at a later date at your convenience
  • A refund.

Full details of passenger entitlements are available here.

- Digital Desk


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