UK Ryanair strike has little effect but flyers brace for Spanish action

Flights operated normally.
Flights operated normally. / EFE
  • Flights ran normally on Thursday in the first half of the two-day action by pilots

malaga. Despite some of its British pilots striking on Thursday and Friday this week (22 and 23 August), Ryanair said on Thursday afternoon that it was managing to operate its flight schedule normally. It said that other pilots had given up time off to come in to help and the only delays were from air traffic control.

The airline had launched a last-minute legal bid to halt the action on Wednesday, but in the end the strike went ahead. Hundreds of thousands of passengers had been expecting the worst. Bosses hit out at the striking pilots earlier in the day, saying that some wanted to double their 170,000 pound annual salaries (188,000 euros).

Ryanair passengers have another strike threat looming. The company's flights to or from Spain can be run by either Spanish-based crews or overseas-based crews. Spanish- based crews have said they will stop work for 10 days in September over the closure of bases on the Canaries and possibly in Girona. The dates planned are: 1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 28 September. The airline continues to negotiate with unions.