Ryanair said it did not expect any disruption to Irish flights later this month following a 12-day strike by Spain-based cabin crew.
The days for measures later this month to demand better working conditions were announced by the USO and SICTPLA unions on Saturday. The news came on the last day of the crews’ current strike, which began on Thursday.
In a statement on Saturday, the airline said there was no disruption to its Irish flights either on Friday or Saturday “as a result of minor and poorly supported union-led strikes in Spain and we do not expect any disruption to Irish flight times in July” (12 : e) -28: e) as a result of such poorly supported Spanish workers ‘strikes’.
Cabin crews will go on strike from 12 to 15 July, 18 to 21 July and 25 to 28 July at the 10 Spanish airports where Ryanair operates, the unions said in a statement.
“The unions and crew on Ryanair … are demanding a change of attitude from the airline,” they said in a statement, urging Ryanair to resume negotiations on working conditions.
The unions also urged the Spanish government “not to allow Ryanair to violate labor laws and constitutional rights such as the right to strike”.
Separately, Aer Lingus has canceled flights to and from Ireland on Saturday and Sunday, which means that more passengers’ plans go awry this weekend.
The vast majority of flights scheduled to depart and arrive at Dublin Airport normally operate, although Aer Lingus has once again been forced to cancel a number of routes as a result of Covid – related staffing problems and hostilities in France.
An Aer Lingus flight to London Gatwick which was to depart just before 09.00 was deducted from the timetable while an afternoon flight to Lyon and an evening flight to Amsterdam were also canceled as well as the corresponding return flight.
“Due to an increase in Covid cases, Aer Lingus has been forced to cancel three return flights [on Saturday] and three return flights [on Sunday]”, said a spokeswoman for Aer Lingus.
Flights to Lisbon and Milan on Sunday are among those affected by the wave of canceled flights, which are now approaching 70 in the last seven days.
“In addition, ground management operations at Lyon Airport have required the cancellation of two return flights to Lyon [on Saturday]”Just over 1 percent of Aer Lingus’ flights were affected by canceled flights in June,” said the spokeswoman. Aer Lingus would like to apologize to those affected and teams on the airline are working to receive affected passengers on the next available services as efficiently as possible. ”
A Tap Air Portugal flight to Lisbon on Saturday was also canceled.
However, Dublin Airport seemed to function smoothly on Saturday morning with the DAA, the authority operating the airport, estimating the time to complete the security check at Terminal 1 at 30 minutes and 20 minutes for Terminal 2.
While people move smoothly through the airport, the same cannot be said about luggage and there are several reports that bags do not arrive or disappear during transport.
One of the largest baggage handling companies operating at Dublin Airport has apologized for the role it played in increasing the number of bags that disappeared at the airport in recent days.
A spokesman for Swissport, which handles baggage for airlines around the world and is one of a number of such companies operating at Dublin Airport, told The Irish Times that while they had launched a massive recruitment campaign since the beginning of the year and hired more than 3 500 new people, its capacity had been expanded in recent weeks.
It pointed to problems, including long queues at security and late changes to flight schedules imposed by airlines, which, according to it, had disrupted the flow of luggage through airports and led to an increase in bags that disappeared or were delayed in reaching passengers.
“The post-pandemic decline in travel demand is positive news, but the current peak period – which may extend beyond normal times – exacerbates resource challenges in the recovering aviation industry,” the spokesman said.
“Airlines, airports and air services all work together to deliver different parts of a single passenger journey and during hectic periods, the consequences of delays caused by some, such as air traffic problems, safety queues and late changes in flight schedules. Can lead to disruptions in others.”
He said the company was “very sorry for our part in the disruption that people are experiencing. We are working hard to meet our resource challenges, with over 3,500 new hires since the turn of the year. We will continue to work with our partners to find solutions to this cross-sectoral issue. ” – Additional reporting Reuters
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