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Ryanair to cancel 600 flights next week

Ryanair to cancel 600 flights next week

The Herald asked if any of the 300 cancelled flights each day would affect Irish passengers but did not receive any information.

Ryanair had already said July 17 it would cancel 24 flights between the United Kingdom and Ireland on July 20 after the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA), a branch of union Forsa, gave notice of two more one-day strikes beginning at 0100 on July 20 and 0100 on July 24.

However, Ryanair looks set to cancel a further 16 flights this Tuesday if a third planned strike proceeds.

The strike also involves cabin crew in Portugal and Spain on both days, and in Italy on 25 July only.

Ryanair shares are lower Thursday after the budget Irish airline announced it had cancelled 600 flights on July 25 and 26 due to widespread strikes by European cabin crew staff.

Cabin crew from across Europe earlier this month published a list of 34 demands on July 4, including "a fair living wage", improved sick pay and employment contracts in their own language, based on local rather than Irish law.

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Ryanair said it has sent emails and text SMS messages to all customers affected by the cancellations.

Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs said: "Ryanair sincerely apologises to our customers for these disruptions which we have done our utmost to avoid".

Customer service teams were assisting passengers with refunds, free transfers and alternative flights.

"These strikes are entirely unjustified and will achieve nothing other than to disrupt family holidays and benefit competitor airlines in Belgium, Portugal and Spain", the company noted.

The staff are unhappy about a range of pay and conditions issues.

The agreement means that over 60% of Ryanair's directly employed cabin crew now trade union representation, Wilson said.