Ryanair pilot strike not expected to affect mainland Europe

Ryanair has confirmed it has had to cancel a number of flights from Ireland as a 24hour pilot strike gets underway.

In a statement, Ryanair said it would cancel flights on high-frequency routes between Ireland and the United Kingdom, such as its London route.

In a statement, Ryanair said today's strike had "achieved nothing" as all customers on the 30 affected flights had switched flights or accepted refunds.

Irish Ryanair pilots are represented by the Irish Air Line Pilot's Association (IALPA), part of the Fórsa trade union, which also announced two more one-day strikes to occur on July 20 and 24, according to Reuters.

The cancellations have arisen since 27% of Irish pilots of the Forsa union made a decision to strike and after conversations between the union and the airline proved fruitless.

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Last week, pilots voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action (99%) following a dispute over management's approach to transferring pilots between its European and African bases.

The airline has apologised for the "regrettable disruptions", saying it was trying to minimise the strike's impact on people travelling to Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Greece.

The airline was forced to cancel 30 flights out of Ireland on Thursday, about 2% of its daily flights.

But management have struggled to reach agreement with unions on new terms and conditions and the airline has been hit by industrial action in Germany and Portugal. For customers travelling to the United Kingdom we will also be assisting them with alternative transport on comparable operators (both flights and ferries) where there is some limited space available.

Ryanair has pledged to inform customers about potential disruption to travel plans when they have full details of two further pilot strikes planned for later this month.

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