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Ryanair strike goes ahead without unexpected cancellations from Malaga

The airport was functioning as normal.
The airport was functioning as normal. / Maddy Hay
  • An extra 29 of the company's flights at other Spanish airports didn't take off during the stoppage on Wednesday and Thursday

The two days of planned industrial action by Ryanair cabin crew went ahead on Wednesday and Thursday this week without major incident at Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport.

The company had already announced last week the cancellation of around 400 of its flights in Spain, around a quarter of its normal schedule, and had told passengers affected beforehand by text or email. In Malaga just 24 flights were affected this way.

While there were no extra, unexpected cancellations at Malaga and the adjusted flight programme operated normally, elsewhere at Spanish airports passengers were left frustrated as 29 additional Ryanair flights didn't take off; unexpected industrial action in Italy had had a knock-on effect.

Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal and Spain had called the two days of disruption amid an ongoing dispute with the airline over working conditions.

Unions say that it is unfair that locally-based Ryanair crew are on Irish contracts, and in most cases contracted though agencies, which they claim denies workers basic labour rights in their home countries.

Government criticised

On Thursday, the trade union Sitcpla said it was pleased with the high level of participation in the strike across the countries involved and called on the Spanish government to do more to stop what it called Ryanair's "abuses". "Why has no authority taken action against the arrogance of the airline?" said a spokesman.

Amid the uncertainty in Spain this week, Ryanair has announced its plans to reduce its Irish-based fleet by 20 per cent, from 30 to 24 planes, and the possible loss of 300 jobs. The airline says that it is moving some planes to Poland where the market is growing faster.