Ryanair says 12 days of Spanish crew strikes won’t affect Irish flights – The Irish Times

Ryanair said it does not expect any disruption to Irish flights later this month after an announcement of 12 days of strike by Spanish-based cabin crew.

The days of action later this month to demand better working conditions were announced on Saturday by the USO and SICTPLA unions. The announcement came on the last day of the current crew strike, which began Thursday.

In a statement on Saturday, the airline said there was no disruption to its Irish flights on either Friday or Saturday “due to small and ill-supported union-led strikes in Spain and we do not expect any disruption to Irish flight schedules in July (12th) -28e) as a result of such ill-supported Spanish labor strikes”.

Cabin crews will go on strike at the 10 Spanish airports where Ryanair operates on July 12-15, July 18-21 and July 25-28, the unions said in a statement.

“Ryanair’s unions and crew … are demanding a change of attitude from the airline,” they said in a statement, calling on Ryanair to resume negotiations on working conditions.

The unions also urged the Spanish government “not to allow Ryanair to violate labor laws and constitutional rights such as the right to strike”.

Aer Lingus

Separately, Aer Lingus canceled flights to and from Ireland on Saturday and Sunday, shattering the plans of more passengers this weekend.

The vast majority of flights departing and arriving from Dublin Airport are operating normally, although Aer Lingus has again been forced to cancel a number of routes due to Covid-related staffing problems and industrial action in France.

An Aer Lingus flight to London Gatwick departing shortly before 9:00 am has been removed from the schedule, while an afternoon flight to Lyon and an evening flight to Amsterdam were also cancelled, as well as their associated return flights.

“Due to a spike in Covid cases, Aer Lingus has been forced to cancel three return flights [on Saturday] and three return flights [on Sunday]’ said an Aer Lingus spokeswoman.

Flights to Lisbon and Milan on Sunday were hit by the wave of cancellations approaching 70 in the past seven days.

“In addition, ground handling industrial action at Lyon airport has required the cancellation of two return flights to Lyon [on Saturday]the spokeswoman said. “Just over 1 percent of Aer Lingus flights were affected by cancellations in June. Aer Lingus would like to apologize to those affected and the airline’s teams are working to reassign affected passengers to the next available services as efficiently as possible.”

A flight from Tap Air Portugal to Lisbon on Saturday was also cancelled.

However, Dublin Airport appeared to be working smoothly with the DAA, the authority that manages the airport, on Saturday morning, estimating the time to finish security checks in Terminal 1 at 30 minutes and 20 minutes before Terminal 2.

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While people move smoothly through the airport, the same cannot be said for luggage and there are multiple reports of bags not arriving or being lost in transit.

One of the main baggage handling companies operating at Dublin Airport has apologized for the role it played in an increase in missing suitcases at the airport in recent days.

A spokesman for Swissport, which handles baggage for airlines around the world and is one of a number of such companies with a base at Dublin Airport, told The Irish Times that although it had embarked on a massive recruitment drive since the beginning of the year, more than 3,500 new people, capacity had been stretched in recent weeks.

It pointed to issues such as long security queues and late flight schedule changes imposed by airlines that, it said, had disrupted the flow of baggage through airports and led to an increase in missing or delayed bags reaching passengers.

“The post-pandemic return in travel demand is positive news, but the current peak period – which could stretch even during normal times – exacerbates resource challenges in the recovering aviation industry,” the spokesperson said.

“Airlines, airports and airline services all work together to deliver different elements of a single passenger journey, and during busy periods, the effects of delays stemming from one component, such as air traffic problems, queues and late schedule changes, can disrupt others.”

He said the company “deeply regrets our part in the disruption people are experiencing. We are working hard to address our resource challenges, with more than 3,500 new hires since the beginning of the year. We will continue to work together.” with our partners to find solutions to this industry-wide problem.” – Additional Reuters reporting

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