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Ryanair reach deal with pilots in Spain but cabin crew strike continues

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Ryanair reach deal with pilots in Spain but cabin crew strike continues
A Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS. Photo: Pau BARRENA/AFP

Budget airline Ryanair have reached a pay agreement with pilots' unions in France and Spain, but unfortunately for travellers they are no closer to a deal with cabin crew, meaning more strike action and ongoing flight cancellations and delays.

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Ryanair first announced on Thursday 21st July that it has it reached a five-year agreement with unions representing pilots in Spain.

The deal follows an agreement made with French pilots also coming to terms with Ryanair over pay and conditions.

It includes a return to pre-COVID level salaries and "allows wage improvements and other benefits beyond the full return to salaries for Ryanair pilots based in France and in Spain," the airline said in a statement.

Spanish pilot union SEPLA said final details need to be nailed down before a final agreement is signed, but a planned pilot's walkout, which was set to take place from July 25th to 28th, is now cancelled.

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Ryanair are hoping to recover and even exceed their pre-pandemic capacity levels, aiming for 115 percent capacity this year, and the agreement with pilots unions forms part of a strategy to try and set a foundation for strong growth moving forward and out of the pandemic period.

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Unfortunately, the agreement is strictly between the airline and its pilots, and does not end the planned walkouts by cabin crew throughout the rest of July and into August.

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There is no end in sight for the Ryanair cabin crew strike which has caused hundreds of flight cancellations and thousands of delays since 1,900 Spain-based Ryanair employees stopped working on June 24th to protest against their low wages and work conditions.

 
Ryanair staff’s initial six-day stoppage was meant to come to an end on Saturday July 2nd, but a further 12 days of strikes were added throughout the month of July due to the failure to reach an agreement over cabin crew’s low pay and work conditions. 

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Cancellations and delays now look set to continue into early August unless a deal can be reached.

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