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Ryanair Staff Strikes! What This Means for Your Summer Travel

By Nanette Pawelek | Last updated on

Ryanair Strike Affects Summer Travel

With the summer travel season in full swing, travelers should know about an impactful Ryanair staff strike that may affect their journeys.

Starting next week on July 12, 2018, staff members from the budget airline, Ryanair, will strike. In fact, nearly 100 Ryanair pilots are slated to participate in the walkout.

Word has it that this airline strike won’t be an isolated incident this summer. Ryanair cabin crews are going to strike too, and they’ll strike across different countries.

What is this Ryanair strike all about?

Ryanair has failed to deliver viable solutions to ongoing requests from their staff for better working conditions. An agreement with the pilots’ unions in Ireland has also not been reached, and therefore, Ryanair staff members will protest this inaction.

Flight attendant unions, as well as a union for German pilots, Vereinigung Cockpit, have also not reached an agreement.

These setbacks may lead to additional strikes across Europe if the situation is not resolved by the end of July.

Fellow travelers, be prepared!

More Ryanair staff strikes may follow. Because of unresolved labor issues, Ryanair cabin and ground crew from Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Belgium will walkout on July 25, 2018, and July 26, 2018.

What should travelers expect?

No doubt, travel within Europe will be affected. At one of the busiest travel times of the year, air passengers may face:

  • Uncertainty in flight schedules
  • Planned and unplanned strikes
  • Delays
  • Cancellations

What do Ryanair strikes mean for summer travelers?

If you already have an existing flight booked with Ryanair, understand that you have rights.


New Ruling Regarding Strikes

Strikes were formerly categorized as “extraordinary circumstances” because they were deemed beyond the control of the airline.

While some extraordinary circumstances such as adverse weather conditions, political unrest or acts of terrorism, medical emergencies, and the like still fall into this camp, an updated ruling changes the game for strikes.

In April of this year, the European Court of Justice ruled that airline staff strikes cannot be considered as “extraordinary circumstances.”

Why is this new ruling regarding airline strikes important?

Traditionally, extraordinary circumstances pardoned airlines from paying out compensation for certain events that were regarded as beyond their control.

With the updated legislation, when airline staff members strike, you could be eligible for compensation.

What can air passengers do if they booked a Ryanair flight?

If you have already booked a flight with Ryanair, here are three things worth doing:

1. Regularly check your flight status

  • Because flights may experience haphazard delays, plan accordingly. Be prepared for longer lines and delays that may cause extended time spent in the airport.

2. Know that a delay (of 2 or more hours) means that the airline needs to provide you with certain things

  • In the event of delays that span more than two hours (flights with an affected distance of more than 1,500 km), the operating airline must provide passengers at the airport with meals and drinks with the option of making two phone calls or sending two faxes or e-mails.
    • This is to be claimed directly with the airline

3. Understand that a delay (of 5 or more hours) means you can get a refund for your ticket

  • If your flight is delayed by more than five hours, the airline is obligated to issue you a refund for the full price of the ticket
    • This is to be claimed directly with the airline

Above all, remember that flight cancellations and delays may entitle passengers (on flights to Europe on a European carrier or from Europe with any airline) to compensation of up to 600 EUR per person.

What can travelers do to avoid Ryanair strikes?

If you’re planning upcoming travel and haven’t booked any tickets yet, keep impactful events like airline strikes in mind as you make travel plans.

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Regardless of your destination this summer, know that you have rights.

AirHelp is here to help you understand your air passenger rights because we are a community of travelers and we want to be part of the solution to achieve more seamless travel.

Flight delays happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. You may be entitled to as much as $700 in compensation if your flight has been delayed, canceled, or overbooked within the last three years.