Airlines Ryanair to cancel 300 flights in biggest strike

Ryanair has announced, that it will have to cancel up to 300 flights over the course of a cabin crew strike.

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On Wednesday, 25th of July and on Thursday, 26th of July cabin crews in Portugal, Spain and Belgium will be striking. Altogether, around 50,000 passengers will be affected. The cancellations will reflect in 12% cancelled flights overall.

This is the biggest strike the Low-Cost carrier will experience so far. Last year, Ryanair started to acknowledge pilot unions after the carrier came under heavy criticism.

In a statement, Ryanair differentiated and contextualized the planned cancellations:

- Up to 200 of the more than 830 daily flights operated by Ryanair from / to Spain (24%)

- Up to 50 of the more than 180 daily flights operated by Ryanair from / to Portugal (27%)

- Up to 50 of the more than 160 daily flights operated by Ryanair from / to Belgium (31%)

- Up to 300 of the more than 2,400 daily flights operated by Ryanair throughout Europe (12%)

Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs said: "Ryanair sincerely apologizes to customers affected by these disruptions, which we tried to avoid at all costs [...], these strikes are completely unjustified and will only result in disturbances to family vacations, benefiting competing airlines in Portugal, Spain and Belgium. All affected passengers have already been contacted by email or SMS this morning and will have their flights rebooked or reimbursed."

The carrier stated, that it has strengthened the customer support, in order to help passengers with rebooking or refunding.

Ryanair is a major European Low-Cost carrier, headquartered in Dublin (Ireland). The airline operates a fleet of over 400 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Altogether, Ryanair performs 2,400 daily flights in Europe to 219 destinations.

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