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Author Topic: Widespread Ryanair cancellations from September 2017 until March 2018  (Read 11198 times)
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« Reply #105 on: October 03, 2017, 09:59:40 am »


The CAA obviously thought there wasn't much likelihood of Monarch's survival - indeed they effectively jacked up their prices so much at the weekend that no sensible person would have booked with them since Friday which may have been part of the management of the situation. 

The CAA held the key, monarchs operating licence was due to run out on 30th sept, and CAA were not renewing it due to financial standing. The CAA extended it by 24 hours. The cynic in me suspects that was so they could sort out relief flights.

It has also been suggested that this was part of an agreement - Monarch to continue trading (although not really taking new custom), and  a lot of people return at the weekend that would have been affected by a gap in provision if it had stopped on say Saturday. Of course this also means that some people were flown abroad during the weekend too, but there will be time to organise their return flight and the overall cost to the CAA would be similar.
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« Reply #106 on: December 13, 2017, 01:41:06 am »

An update, from the BBC:

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Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas

Ryanair passengers face disruption to their Christmas travel plans after pilots and crew announced industrial action in a bid to win union recognition and better conditions.

In Ireland, 79 pilots based in Dublin will strike for one day on 20 December.

The airline, which does not recognise unions, said they represented about 28% of its Dublin-based captains.

Meanwhile, Ryanair pilots and cabin crew in Italy plan to strike for four hours on 15 December.

The airline said last week it would "ignore" the Italian move, claiming staff rarely heeded calls to walk out.

Pilots based in Portugal and Germany also plan industrial action.

Cockpit, the German pilots' union, said its Ryanair members would strike for better pay and conditions if the airline refused to begin talks, but vowed not to disrupt flights over Christmas.

Ryanair said it would "not deal with or recognise" the German union "regardless of what action - if any - takes place".

Unions have long argued that their airline fails to offer pilots the same pay and conditions as its rivals.

Impact, the Irish pilots' union, said the dispute was "solely about winning independent representation for pilots in the company", said official Ashley Connolly.

The union warned of further strikes if Ryanair failed to reach agreement with its members.

"Ryanair will deal with any such disruptions if, or when they arise, and we apologise sincerely to customers for any upset or worry this threatened action... may cause," the company said.

It said the Dublin staff who planned to strike were a "small group of pilots who are working their notice and will shortly leave Ryanair, so they don't care how much upset they cause colleagues or customers".

Analysts at Goodbody said although there were deep divisions between pilots and Ryanair management, the "headlines are worse than the reality on the ground" they wrote in a note.

In September Ryanair said more than 2,000 flights would be cancelled this winter after it rearranged pilots' rosters to comply with new aviation rules.

Later that month it announced 18,000 further flights would be cancelled over the winter season, affecting more than 700,000 passengers.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary wrote to its 4,200 pilots to apologise for the changes to their rotas and urged them not to leave the airline.

However, this week it warned Dublin pilots they would lose agreed benefits by striking.

Many of the airline's pilots have joined unions following the cancellations, but Ryanair said it could legally decline to negotiate with them.


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« Reply #107 on: December 20, 2017, 12:25:55 am »

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Ryanair pilots in Ireland suspend strike plans

Ryanair pilots have suspended a pre-Christmas one-day strike, union bosses have announced.

The Impact union, which represents Irish-based pilots, has agreed to meet Ryanair's management on Tuesday ahead of the planned action on Wednesday.

It follows Ryanair's decision on Friday to recognise unions, in a bid to avert strikes across its European operations.

Unions in other countries had already halted action, but Impact said Irish pilots wanted more clarification.

In a statement on Sunday, the union said: "Impact has this evening suspended a planned one-day strike of Ryanair pilots next Wednesday after company management agreed to recognise the union as the representative of Irish-based pilots. The union has agreed to meet management on Tuesday evening, but says it is available to meet sooner.

"The union asked management to release its Ryanair pilot representatives to prepare for and attend the meeting. The union acknowledged the principled determination of Ryanair pilots."

The airline has offered to recognise trade unions for the first time after pilots in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal threatened walkouts.

Ryanair said on Saturday that it would meet the German pilots' union for talks on Wednesday.

The airline's chief operations officer, Peter Bellew, confirmed the planned meetings in a social media post on Saturday, saying "let's keep talking".

The Dublin-based airline announced on Friday that it would recognise the unions "as long as they establish committees of Ryanair pilots... as Ryanair will not engage with pilots who fly for competitor airlines".

It is the first time Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has extended such an invitation to union leaders in the 32 years the company has been flying.

Britain's Balpa union said on Saturday said it had accepted Ryanair's offer to represent British-based pilots, but only if the TUC federation of British trade unions was allowed to attend future talks.

Friday's announcement led to Italian pilots' union Anpac and Portuguese union Spac calling off strike action due to take place next week.

Pilots in Germany had voted to take industrial action some time during the Christmas period.

German union Vereinigung Cockpit said the onus was now on Ryanair to "prove that this announcement is serious".

In Spain, there are no strikes planned for pilots but ground staff unions have not ruled out action on 30 December.

In October, Mr O'Leary wrote to his airline's pilots to offer them better pay and conditions after Ryanair was forced to cancel thousands of flights.

The carrier admitted it had "messed up" the planning of its pilots' holidays.


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« Reply #108 on: December 28, 2017, 02:43:26 pm »

More woe for Ryanair (and other air carriers):

https://news.sky.com/story/stranded-air-passengers-sleep-on-baggage-belts-after-snow-and-ice-sparks-cancellations-11186983
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« Reply #109 on: December 28, 2017, 02:50:03 pm »

These things happen in Winter all over the world. Expectation management is needed.
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