FRANKFURT – Budget airline Ryanair has cancelled 150 of its 400 flights to and from Germany on Wednesday due to a joint strike by pilots and flight attendants, marketing chief Kenny Jacobs said.
The strike has been organized by pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) and Verdi and is likely to include the majority of Ryanair’s 400 pilots and around 1,000 flight attendants, according to a VC spokesman.
Ryanair said the industrial action is unjustified, citing improvements in pay and working conditions that have already been offered.
“Since we have already offered local contracts and better pay, there is no justification for further disruptions,” Ryanair spokesman Robin Kiely said Tuesday.
Verdi warned that Wednesday’s stoppage could be the first of several strikes, with board member Christine Behle saying: “This is a first warning strike. Anything further will depend on the process of the negotiations.”
The airline’s Germany-based planes represents about one-tenth of its global fleet.
Strikes by Ryanair pilots across Europe have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights this summer.
Italy, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands are among the other countries where Ryanair pilots and cabin staff have taken strike action.
More recently, unions have reached agreements with the budget airline. An Irish pilots union voted to accept an agreement with Ryanair last week, and the Italian pilots union ANPAC voted to approve a collective labour agreement two weeks ago. -DPA