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Irish airlines Ryanair and Aer Lingus issue update on travel amid staff strikes and flight cancellations


Ryanair (Photo: Niall Carson)

Ryanair (Photo: Niall Carson)

Ryanair (Photo: Niall Carson)

Irish airline Ryanair has issued an update for travellers taking a trip to Spain next month amid strikes planned by Spanish cabin crew for the airline.

According to The Mirror, Ryanair chiefs have said that the 12-day strike happening in Spain will not affect the flights for Irish passengers.

They are due to strike on July 12-15, July 18-21 and July 25-28 across the 10 Spanish airports where Ryanair operates.

The airline said that any customers affected by the disruption will be put on the next available flights.

Dara Brady, Director of Marketing with Ryanair, however, said he is confident that Irish passengers will be travelling without worry this July.

"These Spanish labour strikes which have been called by two minority unions in Spain who represent a very small proportion of our people" he explained.

"We've had less than one percent disruption to our flights schedule over the past month as a result of these poorly supported strike actions and we are very confident that our Irish passengers will be able to travel in confidence throughout the month of July.”

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Aer Lingus have also issued a statement after a number of cancellations impacted holidaymakers last month.

They said it was due to staff testing positive for Covid-19 and “system pressures” at some airports.

In a statement they said that just over 1% of Aer Lingus flights were impacted by cancellations in June.

“Aer Lingus wishes to apologise to those impacted and teams at the airline are working to re-accommodate impacted passengers on the next available services as efficiently as possible,” a spokesperson said.

“Aer Lingus anticipated the return of demand for travel once Covid restrictions were removed and built appropriate buffers into our plans in order to deal with a reasonable level of additional disruption.

“System pressures and ongoing issues at some airports and among third party suppliers have created considerable operational challenges which have been compounded by a significant spike in Covid cases in recent days."

“We have shared detail regarding customers’ rights the airlines’ obligations under Regulation (EC) 261/2004.”

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