Irish High Court blocks proposed Ryanair pilot strike

Image Sam Boal

Image Sam Boal

Another put: "So if the planned strike goes ahead and my flight Friday morning is cancelled how soon will you pay out including compensation so I can re book something for Friday?"

Members of the British Airline Pilots Association voted for strikes set for August 22-23 and September 2-4.

Adding, "All Ryanair flights scheduled to depart on Thurs 22nd and Friday 23rd from Irish airports will now operate as normal".

All initial Ryanair flights to and from British and Irish airports departed without disruption, the airline said, as some of its British-based pilots began a 48-hour strike.

Ryanair can still avoid a planned strike by British pilots this week if it agrees to a new framework for talks, the chief of United Kingdom pilot union BALPA said on Wednesday.

Ryanair said in a Twitter post that it expects to operate its full schedule - while not ruling out some delays or flight changes.

In his ruling, Mr Justice Denis McDonald said he was satisfied from the evidence that Ryanair was entitled to orders against Fórsa, preventing the pilots from striking.

The planned strike actions have been on and off for a few weeks now.

Pilots for Ryanair voted to strike for two days in August and on Wednesday, Ryanair lost a last-ditch legal challenge to stop the strikes.

Forsa told the court that Ryanair has been "curt and dismissive" of a 30-page proposal it submitted to the company on pay, and that the company had no basis to apply for the injunction.

"We will do everything we can to minimize the disruption to our customers and their families", said the Irish carrier in response to Lusa.

It said United Kingdom pilots agreed a 20 per cent salary increase a year ago and claimed current earnings compared favourably against salaries offered by rival budget airlines Norwegian and Jet2.

Ryanair is battling to prevent staff from taking industrial action.

Barrister Andrew Burns QC, who is leading Balpa's legal team, said, in a written case outline, that Ryanair's application should be dismissed.

Ryanair logo is pictured on the the jacket of a cabin crew member ahead of a news conference by Ryanair union representatives in Brussels, Belgium September 13, 2018.

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