Four hundred Ryanair flights to and from Spain are to be cancelled this Wednesday, 25 July, and Thursday, 26 July due to strikes from cabin crew. A total 24 of these were scheduled to take off or land at Malaga airport.
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On Wednesday, those airports with cancelled Costa del Sol connections include Newcastle, Prestwick (Glasgow), Manchester, Weeze, Brussels, Ibiza, Barcelona, Hamburg, Charleroi and Treviso.
The following day, flights to and from Newcastle, Stansted, Birmingham, Leeds, Berlin, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostella, Ibiza, Santander and Palma de Mallorca will be cancelled, as well as two flights from Manchester and one to Stockholm, according to information from union representatives.
Ground staff strike called off after airports reach an agreement
Plans for a possible strike from ground staff at Spanish airports have been scrapped after a consensus was reached during a meeting on Friday 20 July. Labour disputes from 60,000 baggage handling employees threatened to halt airport activity for an entire day on Sunday 29 July.
“After days of intense negotiations, airport management has come to its senses and has promised to uphold workers’ rights,” explain union representatives from Comisiones Obreras, Unión General de Trabajadores and Unión Sindical Obrera, who consider the new agreement to be “very positive”.
The company has contacted any affected passengers by text and email. It is understood that anyone who has not received notification of cancellation or delay can presume that their flight is to go ahead.
Airline cabin crews’ unions in Belgium, Portugal and Spain are striking over pay and working conditions, forcing the low-cost airline to cancel 200 flights, out of the 830 a day it was due to run, from Spain on each of the two days.
Ryanair has denied that working conditions for its crews in Spain, Belgium and Portugal are bad and has said it has done all it can to avoid the strikes. Kenny Jacobs, the company’s marketing chief, said that the protests wouldn’t achieve anything “other than disrupt family holidays and benefit other airlines”.
On Monday Ryanair announced that it could be moved to reduce its fleet and number of European flights this winter if pilots and cabin crew continue to carry out “unnecessary” strikes. The airline also warns of “job losses”.
The chief executive, Michael O’Leary, has indicated that he expects more strikes this summer from groups of pilots in Ireland and “possibly” Portugal and Germany, saying: “We are not prepared to concede to unreasonable demands that will compromise either our low fares or our highly efficient model”.
OCU, the non-for-profit consumer support organisation has implemented a new campaign to help those affected by the upcoming strikes. Passengers whose flights have been delayed or cancelled may be entitled to compensation, and can receive advice and more information on OCU’s webpage.