Ryanair pilots to strike in Sweden, Belgium and Ireland

The Friday walkouts will ground at least 146 flights, affecting 25,000 passengers

Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, Ryanair, is about to undergo another series of strikes. Pilots in Belgium, Sweden, and Ireland have confirmed an industrial action to take place on Friday 10 August.

The walkouts will ground 146 flights affecting 25,000 passengers — Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock Ryanair pilots to strike in Sweden, Belgium and Ireland
The walkouts will ground 146 flights affecting 25,000 passengers – Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock

Their colleagues in the Netherlands and Germany are still about to vote whether they will take part in the walkout. A poll conducted by the Association of Dutch Pilots (VNV) suggests that 99.5 per cent of members are in favour of a strike. Talks with the German Vereinigung Cockpit pilots union members are still ongoing. 

The strike will last 24 hours and will cause at least 146 flight cancellations affecting more than 25,000 passengers.

Out of 300 flights to or from Ireland, 20 will be grounded, 104 flights will be cancelled in Belgium and 22 in Sweden.

“Ryanair has received a notice for strikes on Friday 10 Aug next by pilot unions in Belgium and Sweden,” the carrier has announced on Twitter.

“We have also been notified of possible strike actions by pilot unions in Germany and the Netherlands which we believe will be coordinated and occur on Fri 10 Aug.”

The strikes are part of an ongoing dispute over working conditions for pilots, following the actions organised by members of the Irish trade union Fórsa who have staged four separate one-day strikes.

Ryanair calls the actions “unnecessary” and says the carrier has done all “to avert this strike and the disruptions it will cause, including our many invitations to cabin crew unions to meet with us to resolve their issues”.

“We will defend our low fare business model because it is what gives our customers what they want more than anything else – the lowest fares in Europe.”

The airline gives affected passengers three options: a full refund, rebooking on Ryanair or re-route options.