Here's everything you need to know about today's Ryanair strikes

  • Here's everything you need to know about today's Ryanair strikes

Here's everything you need to know about today's Ryanair strikes

Nearly 100 of the airline's pilots went on strike yesterday in a dispute about seniority.

A statement released by all four unions that are representing the cabin crews said: "We call on the European Commission, and the governments of every European country where Ryanair operates, to act upon the social dumping performed by the Irish low-priced carrier and to enforce the EU employment and national imperative legislation".

Ryanair has become more vulnerable to industrial action after a staffing crunch past year forced it to recognize trade unions, though Chief Executive Officer Michael O'Leary has said he's prepared to endure disruption rather than bend to union demands that would threaten the low-priced business model.

Ryanair has confirmed that talks with a pilot union finished without agreement on Wednesday, meaning that Thursday's strike will go ahead.

"It is unacceptable that competitor airline pilots are actively organising strikes by Ryanair's pilots when these airlines will be the direct beneficiaries of any such disruption".

Ryanair is Europe's largest budget airline headquartered in Ireland.

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

Ryanair executives fear that further strike action may hit the airline in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece and France later in the summer holiday season.

"We will do this by cancelling a number of flights on high frequency routes from Ireland to London and other United Kingdom destinations where customers can transfer readily to other flights".

"All customers who are travelling on flights to/from Ireland on Thursday 12 July who have not received any email or text notifications of flight cancellations should travel to their departure airport as normal", Ryanair said in a statement. Belgian, Portuguese and Spanish cabin crews are to strike on 25 and 26 July.

Unions have said further action may follow if the airline does not make concessions on some employment terms.