Ryanair has advised customers that it has pre-cancelled 190 (8%) of its 2,400 scheduled flights on Friday September 28 due to what it described as “a unnecessary strike by a tiny minority of cabin crew in Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Germany.” A Ryanair statement said all affected customers received emails and text SMS messages on September 25 advising them of their flight cancellation three days in advance.
It noted that it “sincerely regrets these unnecessary customer disruptions, which have been called by unions at the behest of competitor airline employees.” It continued: “In Spain, a Norwegian cabin crew member in Alicante is driving the strike, in Portugal a TAP cabin crew is calling for strikes without the support of our Portuguese cabin crew. Referring to Italy, Ryanair said it signed a collective labour agreement (CLA) with the three main cabin crew unions on September 25 and added: “This threatened strike has been called by a tiny union which has no recognition or support among our Italian cabin crew.”
Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, said: “We sincerely apologise 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.
“These repeated unnecessary strikes are damaging Ryanair’s business and our customer confidence at a time when oil prices are rising strongly, and if they continue, it is inevitable that we will have to look again at our capacity growth this winter and in summer 2019. We hope these unions will see common sense and work with us to finalise agreements for the benefit of our pilots and cabin crew over the coming weeks without further disrupting our customers or our flights.
“When we can successfully do deals with unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Italy, why are some unions in Belgium, Holland and Spain not doing similar deals?”