Saturday, March 23, 2019

Ryanair Strikes Update

Ryanair passengers’ flights will be disrupted when three planned Spanish cabin crew strike days go ahead next week.

Walkouts have been called on the 8th, 10th and 13th January after failing to reach an agreement with the budget carrier.

The strike applies to all cabin crew across Spain, according to the unions. Spain’s Ministry of Public Works has agreed to a minimum operation of:-

100% of domestic flights

35% of flights to and from mainland Spain with a flight time of less than five hours

57% of routes to and from mainland Spain with a flight time of five hours or more during the strike.

However, Ryanair said in a statement: “Due to the efforts of the Spanish Government minimum services regulator, and the support of our pilots and cabin crew in Spain, we expect to operate a full schedule of flights to/from (and within) Spain on Tues 8 January. All passengers scheduled to fly should check in online as normal and arrive at their departure airport at least 2 hours prior to their time of scheduled departure.”

It remains unclear whether the same applies to 10 and 13 January.

A union spokesperson said: “There is a period of 10 days for the management of Ryanair to reconsider and follow, once and for all, the legality in Spain.”

So far, no agreement has been reached.

What to do if your Ryanair flight is cancelled?

If your flight is cancelled as part of the strikes, Ryanair will likely offer you three options:-

Simply cancel the flight and receive a full refund.

Move your flight booking, free of charge, to a different Ryanair flight on the same day or an alternative date of travel before or after your scheduled departure date.

Reroute by departing/arriving from another airport on a service operated by Ryanair or, if a suitable Ryanair flight is unavailable, an alternative airline, train, bus, or car hire company.

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