Ryanair flights from the UK to Ireland will be cancelled, the Travel provider has announced.
The company tweeted a statement to their account revealing the changes to travel plans.
The tweet stated: “Ryanair to cancel up to 30 of 290 Irish flights on Thurs 12 July, only some IRE-UK flights affected.
“All Ireland to Europe flights to operate as normal as majority of Irish pilots fly on Thurs.”
In a further statement the company stated they “regret” the action.
It revealed that striking pilots are behind the changes in the flight schedule.
The company stated: “We have tried to avert this disruption, which is unnecessary given Ryanair pilots’ and their union FORSA has received written proposals on seniority, annual leave and base transfers, which are what FORSA claims are the reasons for this strike, yet FORSA has rejected 21 separate invitations to meet Ryanair to negotiate these documents.
“Ryanair pilots have already secured a 20 per cent pay increase, earn up to €200,000 p.a., work 5 days-on, followed by 4 days-off (a double bank holiday weekend at the end of every week), enjoy rapid promotions and unmatched job security.
“In a final effort to avert this strike, we have agreed to meet our pilots and FORSA at a neutral venue kindly provided by Dublin Airport, but we believe this small group of pilots and FORSA are determined to disrupt the travel of Irish customers on 12th July.”
Many customers were furious at the disruption.
One wrote: “WHEN ARE YOU LETTING US KNOW IF OUR FLIGHTS ARE AFFECTED @Ryanair!?! #RedMist”
Another said: “@Ryanair when will you advise people if their flight on Thursday has been delayed? Seriously you need to sort this out…..please”
One more added: “@Ryanair when will you be informing passengers if they will be affected or not on Thursday? I’m sick to my stomach with anxiety waiting for an email.”
Ryanair stated: “We have this morning planned to cancel up to 30 of our 290 flights to and from Irish airports on Thurs 12th. All customers on these flights have received text and email notification of these cancellations earlier today.
“Customers who are travelling on a Ryanair flight to/from Ireland on Thurs 12 July and who have not already received an email or text notification, then we expect their flight to operate and they should check in as normal at their departure airport on Thurs 12th.”
Yesterday Express.co.uk reported that nearly half of Ryanair flights were delayed due to ATC staff shortages.
The airline issued a statement on Twitter confirming that almost half of flights on Sunday were delayed in departing.
In the statement, it said: “ATC update – Yesterday, French, Greek, Spanish and UK ATC staff shortages caused delays to 1,000 (44 per cent) of our 2,327 flights.
“We sincerely regret these delays and we call on the EU commission and French, German, Spanish and UK governments to take immediate action to eliminate these ATC staff shortages disrupting millions of Europe’s consumers this summer.”
Are more flights to be affected by the ATC strikes and staff shortages this summer?
In June alone, more than 210,000 passengers were affected by the strikes with 1,100 flights cancelled.
Source : EXPRESS