LONDON – Additional cabin crew strikes that are due at the end of the month have forced Ryanair to cancel up to 8% of its flights on September 28, representing 190 out of 2,400 scheduled flights that the airline has on its schedule that day.
Ryanair’s cabin crew from Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy, and Germany have called for simultaneous strikes that will affect up to 30,000 customers who are due to fly on September 28.
The Irish low-cost carrier has blamed competitor airline employees driving the strikes, claiming that a Norwegian cabin crew member in Alicante and a TAP cabin crew in Portugal are pushing for the strike to happen.
The same has occurred in Italy, where the strikes have been “called by a tiny union which has no recognition or support among our Italian cabin crew,” according to Ryanair.
Apologizing to affected customers was Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs. “We sincerely apologize to those customers affected by these unnecessary strikes on Friday, which we have done our utmost to avoid, given that we have already offered these unions recognition agreements, Collective Labour Agreements, and a move to local contracts/law in 2019.”
Jacobs added that “These repeated unnecessary strikes are damaging to Ryanair’s business and our customer confidence at a time when oil prices are rising strongly.”
“If they continue, it is inevitable that we will have to look again at our capacity growth this winter and in summer 2019,” he said.
“We hope these unions will see common sense and work with us to finalize agreements for the benefit of our pilots and cabin crew over the coming weeks without further disrupting our customers or our flights,” Jacobs said.
Even with these strikes happening, Ryanair has made some progress in terms of deals with pilot and cabin crew unions.
“When we can successfully do deals with unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, and Italy, why are some unions in Belgium, Holland
In the past two weeks, the carrier has written to unions in Belgium, Holland, Spain, Portugal, inviting them to welcome the same deal that the airline reached with cabin crews in Ireland, UK, Italy, and Germany.
The airline has, however, managed to lessen the effects of the strike as much as possible. Over 90% of its flights will be unaffected by these strikes, meaning that at least 420,000 customers will still be flying on September 28.