A Ryanair plane, which was carrying Belarusian opposition blogger and activist Roman Protasevich and diverted to Belarus, the place authorities detained him, lands at Vilnius Airport in Vilnius, Lithuania Might 23, 2021.
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Spain-based cabin crew at Ryanair plan to strike for 12 days this month to demand higher working situations, the USO and SICTPLA unions stated on Saturday, elevating the prospect of journey chaos because the summer time vacationer season will get below means.
The announcement got here on the ultimate day of the crews’ present strike, which started on Thursday and compelled Ryanair to cancel 10 flights in Spain on Saturday.
Cabin crew will strike on July 12-15, 18-21 and 25-28 throughout the ten Spanish airports the place Ryanair operates, the unions stated in a press release.
“The unions and crew of Ryanair … demand a change of perspective from the airline,” they stated in a press release, calling for Ryanair to renew negotiations over points together with cost of the minimal wage.
The unions additionally urged the federal government “to not permit Ryanair to violate labour laws and constitutional rights resembling the fitting to strike”.
In a press release on Saturday, Ryanair stated it anticipated “minimal (if any) disruption to its flight schedules in July on account of minor and poorly supported Spanish labour strikes”.
It added that “Air Visitors Management (ATC) strikes and airport employees shortages throughout Europe (that are past Ryanair’s management) could nonetheless trigger some minor disruption and passengers whose flights are disrupted… shall be notified by electronic mail/SMS.”
Ryanair cabin crew unions in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy had taken strike motion in latest days however the low-cost airline stated lower than 2% of its flights scheduled over final weekend had been affected.
Airline employees throughout Europe have been staging walkouts because the sector adapts to a resumption of journey after pandemic lockdowns had been lifted. Employees shortages have been blamed for prolonged delays and queues.
Spain-based cabin crew at easyJet are putting for 9 days this month for increased pay. The airline cancelled 5 flights from Spain on Saturday.
Employees at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport went on strike on Friday and into Saturday, forcing cancellation of about 10% of flights.
In Portugal, additionally a prime vacation vacation spot, there are not any ongoing strikes however 65 flights to and from Lisbon had been anticipated to be cancelled on Saturday as a result of “a set of constraints at numerous European airports”, stated airport administration firm ANA.
The Portuguese state of affairs has predominantly affected providers of airline TAP, which didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Lengthy strains fashioned at TAP’s help desk in Lisbon as pissed off passengers tried to both re-book or get a refund.