Ryanair Strike dates: Flights cancelled - Why are pilots on strike in Ireland?

Ryanair cancelled 30 flights on Thursday after 94, or 27 percent, of its Ireland-based pilots voted to strike.

Worryingly for those who have booked holidays in the coming months, the airline has said it "cannot rule out further disruptions in July and August".

Only flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom are affected.

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.

Forsa had said late Wednesday that talks with Ryanair had ended after seven hours of talks with "very little progress".

Ryanair pilots in Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Portugal are also planning strikes in July.

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Last autumn, Ryanair was forced to cancel hundreds of flights after rostering failures left the airline with insufficient crew. "For customers travelling to the United Kingdom, we will also be assisting them with alternative transport on comparable operators (both flights & ferries) where there is some limited space available".

Around 100 of Ryanair's 350 Irish pilots balloted to strike for 24 hours to demand a more transparent system of pay, promotions and transfers, aiming to limit what the FORSA/IALPA union says is excessive discretion management have over pilots' careers.

The cancellations have arisen since 27% of Irish pilots of the Forsa union made a decision to strike and after conversations between the union and the airline proved fruitless.

So far Ryanair haven't announced any more cancellations but the planned union strikes against the airline at other destinations across Europe are as follows.

Ryanair is also facing further strikes in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium later in the summer.

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