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Belfast flights won't be affected as Ryanair announce cancellations due to pilot strike

Ryanair has canceled 30 of 290 Irish flights during a 24-hour strike by pilots on Thursday.

In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, the airline said that only UK flights will be affected by the stoppage.

The airline has confirmed that no flights from Belfast's airports are to be affected.

It said it is cancelling some flights on high frequency routes from Ireland to London and other destinations in the UK.

It said these were routes on which customers could transfer “readily” to other flights on the day of the strike. They could otherwise switch to earlier flights tomorrow, or later on Friday, Saturday or beyond.

The airline said customer service teams are helping them with refunds and transfers to alternative flights.

All Ireland to Europe flights will run as normal but the airline said it could not rule out further disruption.

The company said customers who had not been notified of a cancellation should check-in as normal.

In a statement, the company apologised for the disruption but said it could not rule out further disruption through the summer.

It said: "We have tried to avert this disruption, which is unnecessary given Ryanair pilots’ and their union FORSA has received written proposals on seniority, annual leave and base transfers, which are what FORSA claims are the reasons for this strike, yet FORSA has rejected 21 separate invitations to meet Ryanair to negotiate these documents.

"Ryanair pilots have already secured a 20% pay increase, earn up to €200,000 p.a., work 5 days-on, followed by 4 days-off (a double bank holiday weekend at the end of every week), enjoy rapid promotions and unmatched job security. In a final effort to avert this strike, we have agreed to meet our pilots and FORSA at a neutral venue kindly provided by Dublin Airport, but we believe this small group of pilots and FORSA are determined to disrupt the travel of Irish customers on 12th July.

"We cannot rule out further disruptions in July and August."

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