Ryanair strike: 400 flights grounded across Europe

Hundreds of Ryanair flights across Europe were cancelled on Friday as pilots launched strikes in five countries over pay and conditions.

Ryanair strike: 400 flights grounded across Europe
Photo: AFP

Staff in Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands agreed to stage a 24-hour walkout forcing the cancellation of 396 flights.

Although Spanish pilots did not join the strike, the industrial action affected 78 flights to and from Spanish airports.

That means some 14,000 could face cancellations during Friday.

Routes affected are those between the Dutch airport of Eindhoven to Reus and Valencia and 54 flights between Germany and Spain, 20 to and from destinations in Belgium. Four flights between Stockholm and Alicante or Barcelona have also been cancelled.

Ryanair promised the minimum distruption:

The strikes follow walkouts by Ryanair staff on July 25th and 26th which brought travel chaos during two of the busiest days of the summer holiday

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Spanish military stunt pilot dies as plane crashes into sea off Murcia

A Spanish military pilot was killed when his plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea during an aerial acrobatics display on Thursday.

Spanish military stunt pilot dies as plane crashes into sea off Murcia
The plane was part of the Patrulla Águila acrobatic squad of the Spanish Air Force. Photo: MINISTERIO DE DEFENSA


After recovering debris from the plane off the east coast of Spain, the airforce confirmed on Twitter that the pilot was dead.   

He was named as Comander Eduardo Garvalena Crespo.



It was the third deadly air force accident in the Murcia region in six months. 

Last August, a military instructor died when his plane crashed in the same area. The following month another instructor and his trainee died in another crash.