Ryanair plans to bypass strike with online check-ins

Ryanair has confirmed that it expects to operate a full schedule of flights to and from Stansted airport next weekend even if a proposed strike by Britain's general union GMB goes ahead.

Ryanair has confirmed that it expects to operate a full schedule of flights to and from Stansted airport next weekend even if a proposed strike by Britain's general union GMB goes ahead.

A two-day Bank Holiday weekend strike is planned by baggage handlers and check-in staff at Stansted Airport. In an official strike ballot, 500 GMB members employed by Swissport rejected a pay offer and voted by three to one for industrial action to secure an improved offer.

If the threatened strike proceeds, Ryanair plans to ask all passengers to use its web check-in facility and has written to those passengers today to advise them that if the strike goes ahead, they may be required to web check-in and travel with no checked in luggage on those flights.

"Ryanair hopes that the strike will not proceed as it is not in the interests of the Swissport workers (who earn double time for working a bank holiday weekends) or the travelling public who should not be held to ransom by the GMB over the course of a bank holiday weekend," the airline said today.

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