As UK Ryanair Strikes Go Ahead, Passengers Should Expect Minimal Disruptions

Aug 22, 2019

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What was once looking to be a severely disruptive two days for Ryanair passengers seem to have started off with minimal disruptions.

In court on Wednesday, Ryanair lost in its effort to block UK-based pilots from striking on 22-23 August. While the pilots got the go-ahead to strike, Ryanair aimed to minimise the disruption by drafting pilots from elsewhere in Europe to fill in.

By bringing in alternate pilots, the airline said that it expected to operate its full schedule of flights to and from UK airports during both days of the strike. However, the airline said it couldn’t rule out small flight delays and/or flight changes.

“All 1st wave flights to/from the UK and Ireland departed as scheduled this morning without any disruption — and we expect this to continue for the rest of the day,” Ryanair tweeted on Thursday morning.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ryanair did succeed in stopping Ireland-based pilots from joining the strike following court action in Ireland.

Though the airline advises passengers to arrive at airports as normal, we recommend anyone booked on Ryanair services on Thursday or Friday check the status of their flight on the airline’s website before heading to the airport.

Ryanair has a history of low fares and extensive portfolio destinations including some hidden gems. Though historically not known for its customer service, the airline has tried in recent years become more friendly.

Featured photo by Alberto Riva/The Points Guy.

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