Ryanair passengers complain of being stranded across Europe during 24-hour strikes

Ryanair passengers complain of being stranded across Europe during 24-hour strikes

"We want to again apologize to customers affected by this unnecessary disruption and we ask the striking unions to continue negotiations instead of calling anymore unjustified strikes", tweeted Ryanair. There are four canceled flights between Stockholm and Alicante and Barcelona.

"Ryanair is the only multinational in Belgium that doesn't respect the Belgian law and that's not normal", said Didier Lebbe, a representative of union ACV-CSC, whose demands include securing its pilots pay when they are on stand-by.

It accused Ryanair of "categorically" ruling out higher personnel costs for cockpit crew, leaving no room for a compromise.

'Ryanair alone is responsible for the escalation we are now seeing, ' Cockpit president Martin Locher told a press conference on Wednesday. Pilots in the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Ireland also joined in the action.

But the Haarlem District Court yesterday ruled against the airline. If the strike goes ahead, it will hit mainly passengers travelling from Eindhoven.

Germany will be worst hit, with 250 cancellations at ten airports after the country's Cockpit union called on pilots towalk out from 3.01am local time (2.01am BST).

Ryanair passengers claimed they faced chaos during a 24-hour strike which left British travellers stranded across Europe.

A Dutch court rejected a case from Ryanair seeking to block pilots in the Netherlands from joining Friday's strike, but the Irish airline said all of its flights there would run as scheduled.

More news: Facebook introduces AR games to Messenger
More news: China bans 'Winnie the Pooh' film over comparisons to President Xi Jinping
More news: Tiger Woods to play in his first PGA Championship in 3 years

The joint action is the largest so far in an ongoing dispute.

Last month cabin crew on Ryanair flights serving Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy downed tools.

The company is eyeing profits of around €1.25billion (£1.12billion) this year, and boasts lower costs per passenger than its competitors.

The Ryanair spokesperson continued: "We will first try to accommodate you on the next available Ryanair flight on the same route".

Unions also want the airline to give contractors the same work conditions as staff employees.

Ryanair planes have a capacity of 189, meaning more than 74,000 passengers could be affected. This can mean staff based in other European states are unable to gain access to state benefits.

A statement from CEO Michael O'Leary said: "Ryanair fully complies with all EU261 legislation, however as these flight cancellations were caused by extraordinary circumstances, no compensation is due".

"Today our members are on strike to demand their rights".

Related Articles