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Ryanair blames competitors

Staff at competitor airlines were blamed by Ryanair last week for stirring up another round of strikes that caused the Irish carrier to take the unusual step of “pre-cancelling” 150 flights scheduled for Friday.

The industrial action by cabin crew and some pilots involved Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, but Ryanair claimed more than 92% of services still operated and the “vast majority” of its staff worked as normal.

In a statement, Ryanair apologised in advance to passengers likely to be affected by the “unjustified disruptions” but noted this amounted to 30,000 out of 450,000 customers.

“As these strikes are being promoted and driven by competitor employees, they are regrettably beyond Ryanair’s control,” the airline said. “These strikes are unnecessary when Ryanair has already agreed to union demands.”

Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs added: “We have done our utmost to avoid these strikes, given we have already offered these unions recognition agreements, Collective Labour Agreements, and a move to local contracts/law in 2019.

“The strikes are damaging Ryanair’s business and our customer confidence at a time when oil prices are rising strongly, and if they continue it is inevitable we will have to look again at our capacity growth this winter and in summer 2019.”

www.ryanair.com

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Mike Griffith, Oxford

Shouldn't this headline have read "Ryanair whines about competitors."


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