Ryanair issues travel warning over strikes

Ryanair has issued a travel warning for passengers flying to Charleroi on August 14 and 15, due to a pilot strike.

It said it expected 75 percent of its flight schedule to run as normal but estimated that it would need to cancel 40 out of 170 scheduled flights.

A spokesperson said: “Ryanair has been notified that a small number of Charleroi based pilots may hold strikes on July 14 and 15 August. Ryanair expects any such strike will have limited impact on its schedules.”

Some of Ryanair’s flights to and from Belgium are operated on aircraft based outside of Belgium.

The airline added that some of the flights were operated by staff who don’t support the pilot strike.

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The pilots are demanding higher wages following pandemic cutbacks and have concerns over rest periods.

Ryanair said: “Ryanair’s Belgian pilot’s union has already been offered the same pay deal as recently agreed by most other Ryanair pilots’ unions across the EU so these limited strikes serve no purpose.

“Ryanair calls on its Belgium based pilots to now agree to this pay deal which has been approved by so many of their pilot colleagues across the rest of Europe.”

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The airline said that affected passengers would be contacted by email and offered an alternative flight.

If passengers haven’t received an email, the airline said they could expect their flight to operate as normal.

It’s a good idea to check for flight updates before heading to the airport as there could be delays.

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British tourists could also face issues if they’re travelling to France in the next few weeks.

Ongoing protests over retirement age reforms have led to delays.

While security staff at Heathrow Airport called off a planned strike, tourists could see flight disruption at Gatwick Airport at the end of August.

Red Handling staff are due to walk out over a number of days in a move that could impact around 45,000 passengers.

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