German pilots join Ryanair strike

By Marco Verch - Landendes Ryanair-Flugzeug, CC BY 2.0,

More travel chaos is on the cards for Ryanair passengers on Friday.

25 thousand passengers will be affected as pilots in Germany are going to walk out for 24 hours joining striking pilots in Ireland, Sweden and Belgium.

Kerry Airport says, as of today, no flights into or out of Farranfore will be affected.

However, if the situation changes, Ryanair will notify customers via text or email.

Germany is the latest country to join this Friday’s stoppages.

The Vereinigung Cockpit – the union representing pilots there – announced at a press conference this morning that their members will strike on Friday for 24 hours affecting all flights from Germany.

96 percent of german pilots balloted voted for industrial action over improvements to pay and working conditions.

Dutch pilots are also considering strike action – they have yet to decide but only have to give the airline 12 hours notice.

At the same time as the labor dispute in Germany, Ryanair pilots will also strike in Ireland, Belgium and Sweden.

2-thousand-400 flights have already been cancelled.

The budget airline said last year that it would recognise trade unions, but is yet to agree a collective pay deal.

Here at home the airline has cancelled 20 of its 300 flights to and from Ireland affecting three thousand five hundred passengers.

The striking pilots have agreed to Ryanair’s offer of mediation with industrial relations troubleshooter Kieran Mulvey.

Talks are expected to take place early next week.