Ryanair pilots are planning strike action this summer, 2019, and we will update the information here as soon as we know more detail, so bookmark this page if you are booked with Ryanair.
Ryanair staff at Spanish bases have announced further strikes in response to the airlines closure of their bases in Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Ryanair are planning to close the two bases with the potential loss of 200 staff in the islands, and move the aircraft to lower cost airports.
The Spanish staff have given the following dates for their strikes, which could affect all Ryanair flights to or from Spain: 1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 28 September 2019.
It’s not known at this stage how big an effect these strikes will have on Ryanair flights on the dates, but we’ll update here as soon as we know more.
Update 21/08/2019. Balpa, which represents Ryanair’s British pilots confirmed that the strikes by their members will still go ahead.
Ryanair are expected to run as many flights as possible, using crews that are not in the Balpa union or who do not support the strike action. The advice, unless you receive a cancellation notice via email or text is to get to the airport at the usual time for your departure.
Balpa, the British Airline Pilots Association has announced, following a ballot of pilots, that strikes will take place on 22nd and 23rd August and 2nd, 3rd and 4th September 2019.
The strike on 22nd August is likely to have the biggest impact on Lanzarote, as it falls on an extremely busy day for flights to the island.
Update 21/08/2019. Irish courts have granted an injunction, preventing Irish based pilots from striking on 22nd and 23rd August. This means Ryanair flights from all Irish airports should fly as normal.
Pilots based on Irish routes voted 94% in favour of industrial action in a ballot on Friday 9th August. They have now confirmed strikes will take place on 22nd and 23rd August 2019.
Bear in mind that disruption could continue beyond the actual days of the strikes, as aircraft and crews may be out of position.
Even if the strikes go ahead, some flights will still take place as normal – not all pilots are members of the unions, and the Spanish crews are required by law to maintain a minimum level of service. What’s likely to happen is that Ryanair will take a decision on which flights to operate two or three days ahead of a strike day, and then send cancellation notices to anyone booked on a flight they are cancelling.
If your flight is cancelled because of the Ryanair Strikes
If you receive a cancellation notice, you have three options:
1/ You can take a full refund – you will then be responsible for arranging a new flight if you still need to travel.
2/ You can re-book on a Ryanair flight for another date. Obviously, if you have accommodation booked, this may be a problem.
3/ You can ask to be “Re-routed.” Under EU legislation, you can ask the airline to book you onto another airline, at their expense, which will get you to your destination on the agreed day. The problem here is that there may not be many, or any seats available.
Under EU law Ryanair are obliged to pay compensation if they cancel a flight less than 14 days out, but they will argue, as they have in the past, that strikes are beyond their control, so realistically the only way to get any compensation will be to take them to court.
It’s also worth checking your travel insurance to see if you are covered, although many policies specifically exclude strike action.
If you are already in Lanzarote On A Strike Day
If you are already here and your return flight is cancelled, you have the same options as above, but additionally Ryanair are responsible for giving you accommodation and meals until they can get you home.
You can check flight availability here: Flights.
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