Ryanair's pilots union in Ireland says more industrial action possible

According to Ryanair, the strike had disrupted 30 out of some 290 scheduled flights of the airline on Thursday, affecting almost 5,000 customers, all scheduled to travel between Ireland and Britain.

But they have reassured passengers that all Ireland to Europe flights will operate as normal.

"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", it added.

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.

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.

Some one hundred directly employed Ryanair pilots based in Ireland launched a 24-hour strike on Thursday after the airline's management failed to meet their demands during Wednesday talks.

JOE got in contact with Ryanair, who issued a statement regarding threats of further IALPA strikes.

The carrier said customers affected by the cancellations have already been contacted with an offer of a refund or free transfer to another flight.

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

The cancellations are all on high frequency routes between Ireland and United Kingdom destinations including London, where passengers can easily switch to alternative flights.

Last autumn, Ryanair was forced to cancel hundreds of flights after rostering failures left the airline with insufficient crew.

The pilots union Fórsa said it was regrettable that Ryanair management had so far rejected the suggestion of third party assistance to break the deadlock.