RYANAIR has cancelled 250 flights today, affecting tens of thousands passengers across Europe.
Pilots and cabin crew are on strike over pay and conditions in six countries for the next 24 hours.
The Ryanair strike across Europe has affected around 40,000 passengers[/caption]
Ryanair had cancelled 150 flights due to an “unnecessary” strike in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Italy.
On Thursday the airline said pilots in Germany would also be going on strike, with another 100 flights shelved as a result.
Ryanair‘s chief operations officer Peter Bellew said the action was “deeply regrettable”.
He said: “It is deeply disappointing that some of our customers and our people in Germany tomorrow will have their flights disrupted by an unnecessary strike called at short notice.”
Staff from Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Italy are on strike[/caption]
The strikes are the latest in a series of walkouts by staff at Europe’s largest low-cost airline.
On September 12 dozens of flights were cancelled in Germany after pilots and flight attendants refused to work for 24 hours.
In August several days of strikes involving staff in Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands saw hundreds of flights cancelled.
Earlier this month Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said strikes by pilots were necessary to keep air fares down.
He insisted industrial disputes with the airline’s staff have caused “minimal disruption” as he pledged not to “roll over”.
If my flight is cancelled can I get my money back?
If your flight has been cancelled due to strike action you should be entitled to either a refund or a booking on another flight with the company.
Caroline Vicente, a travel expert from Colombus Direct said: “If it is a European airline if you are due to travel during this time and your flight is cancelled you are protected.
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“You have the option to take an alternative flight with the airline to your destination, or cancel your flight and claim a full refund.
“If the alternative flight Ryanair offer isn’t at the right time for you, Ryanair is legally required to book you on a comparable flight with them or an alternative airline. You should not be charged more for this.”
Sun Online Travel previously revealed that a passenger on a Ryanair flight who ran onto the tarmac after a plane and was arrested flashed his bum at a court appearance in Dublin.