Ryanair says flights running normally despite UK pilots’ strike | Business News

Ryanair said flights from British and Irish airports were departing without disruption on Thursday morning despite a strike by UK-based pilots.

The airline said the schedule was operating with 97% punctuality despite the 48-hour industrial action going ahead after it failed in a last-ditch High Court bid to block it.

Ryanair did succeed, however, in obtaining an injunction at Dublin’s high court to prevent action by Irish-based pilots that had also been due to take place on Thursday and Friday.

The airline has said that the striking UK pilots, members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa), represent less than 30% of those operating its aircraft there.



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In an update on Thursday morning, Ryanair said: “All first wave flights to and from UK airports departed as scheduled this morning, with 97% punctuality and without any disruption.

“We expect this to continue for the remainder of Thursday and Friday.

“This strike does not have the support of the vast majority of UK pilots, and we call on Balpa to return to the mediation process instead of disrupting our customers and their families further.”

A second round of strikes is planned from 2-4 September as part of the dispute over pay and conditions.

Ryanair is also in the middle of a five-day cabin crew walkout by cabin crew in Portugal but ran a full schedule without major delays on Wednesday and saw most flights operating as normal early on Thursday.

Separately, the airline announced last month that it was preparing to announce hundreds of job cuts because it has more staff than it currently needs, including a surplus of over 500 pilots.

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