Flying Through Europe Next Week? This Ryanair Strike Could Snarl Your Plans

Jul 19, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Tens of thousands of travelers flying through Europe on July 25 and 26 will see their flights canceled as Ryanair’s cabin crews go on strike for that two-day stretch.

The Dublin-based carrier canceled 600 flights in Belgium, Spain and Portugal due to staffers’ planned strikes over pay and work conditions in those countries. Up to 50,000 passengers of the low-cost airline will be affected each day, about 12% of Ryanair’s total daily flyer capacity, a major logistical blow during the peak summer travel period.

Ryanair said 24% of its daily flights to and from Spain will be affected, as well as 27% of those to and from Portugal and 31% of those to and from Belgium. That adds up to 12% of flights all over Europe that will be affected. Italian cabin crew were also reportedly threatening to join the strike, too. The carrier says it has contacted all affected passengers, and customers will either be re-accommodated or refunded.

The two-day cabin crew demonstration is the latest in a string of strikes for the budget airline, which began recognizing unions in December 2017 after employee demonstrations caused a wave of canceled flights and put operations in crisis. Ryanair pilots in Ireland are also currently striking as well.

The airline’s cabin crew employees issued a list of 34 demands, making requests like “more predictable working hours,” “not being forced to open an Irish bank account” and “a fair living wage that reflects the work we do.”

The airline contends that this latest strike is “unjustified” given the cabin crew members’ pay and working conditions.

H/T: The Independent

Featured image by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.