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Ryanair strikes to hit 100,000 holidaymakers - but Cork looks set to escape

RYANAIR is set to cancel up to 600 flights amid further strike action by pilots.

However, a spokesperson for Cork airport told the Evening Echo the airport has not been impacted.

He added that if passengers have not received a text or email from the airline they can assume their flight is operating and should check in as normal.

Ryanair pilots pictured on the picket line at Dublin Airport during last week's strike action. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Ryanair pilots pictured on the picket line at Dublin Airport during last week's strike action. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Ryanair customers across Europe have been informed of a significant number of cancelled flights ahead of a second pilot strike in as many weeks.

A total of 24 of 290 flights scheduled to fly between Ireland and the UK tomorrow have been cancelled.

Meanwhile, the ongoing strikes will see up to 12% of the airline’s flights all over Europe cancelled next Wednesday and Thursday, with 50,000 customers affected each day as flights to and from Belgium, Portugal, and Spain are cancelled.

A statement from the airline said that 25% of their 350 plus team of Irish pilots voted to strike tomorrow.

“This second strike is unnecessary because Ryanair has already given them written proposals that address their concerns about seniority — even though FORSA and the pilots’ committee don’t even understand that their demands will damage Irish pilots’ prospects,” it added.

“We’ve offered to set up a Working Committee to explain all these issues to this small minority, and asked them to postpone this strike, but they have refused.”

Ryanair added that the decision to cancel the 24 UK flights was taken to minimise the impact, “especially upon Irish customers and their families travelling on holidays to Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Greece.”

Customers affected by tomorrow’s cancellations should already have been notified by the airline.