Ryanair strike – dates for the 2019 pilot strike plus everything else you need to know

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RYANAIR is to strike later this month causing potential travel chaos during the travel holidays.

Here’s everything we currently know about why pilots are walking out and when.

Ryanair pilots are set to walk out over a series of pay disputes
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When are Ryanair pilots going on strike?

Strikes are set to be held from 00.01am on August 22 until 11.59pm on August 23.

The walkout will continue from 00.01am on September 2 until 11.59pm on September 4.

The first strike on August 23 coincides with a planned strike by BA staff over pay disputes at Heathrow.

Why are pilots striking?

A union statement said the strike was the result of “decades” of Ryanair refusing to deal with unions.

Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) voted by 4-1 to back a campaign of action on a 72 per cent turnout.

Balpa said the dispute revolves around pensions, loss of license insurance, maternity benefits, allowances and a fair, transparent and consistent pay structure.

Brian Strutton, Balpa’s general secretary, said: “We have had no formal offer from Ryanair and it is imperative that we resolve this dispute urgently to avoid strike action.

“No pilot wants to spoil the public’s travel plans but at the moment it seems we have no choice.”

What has Ryanair said about the strikes?

The strikes come after Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said 900 jobs were at risk at the airline because there was an “excess” number of pilots and cabin crew.

The airline said its UK pilots agreed a 20 per cent salary increase, with Senior Captains earning up to £180,000, which it said is more than competitors.

Ryanair said in a statement that it was “disappointed” with the strike threat.

They said the industrial action “does not have the support of the majority of Ryanair’s UK pilots”.

Ryanair added in a letter to Balpa: “At this difficult time for UK pilots facing base cuts and closures, Balpa should be working with Ryanair to save UK pilot jobs, not endanger them through ill-timed and ill-judged disruption of our customers’ travel plans, just 10 weeks before the threat of a no-deal Brexit.”

Will I get my money back if my flight is cancelled or delayed?

If your flight is cancelled, you have the legal right to either a full refund within seven days or a replacement flight to your destination.

But the airline might not pay out if it’s out of their control, for example, due to bad weather or strikes.

If your flight is delayed by three hours or more and you were flying to or from a European airport, or with an EU-based airline such as Ryanair or British Airways then you can claim compensation up to £229 (€250) for short-haul flights and £367 €400 for mid-haul flights and £530 (€600) for long-haul flights.

You can find out more here.

How disruptive would the strike be?

The strike only affects British pilots with Ryanair, meaning flights using crews based in France, Spain, etc won’t change.

Estimates by The Independent indicate that 350,000 travellers are expected to fly on British-crewed flights, with up to 50,000 seats still to be sold on those departures.

Based on previous Ryanair pilot strikes, around a third to a half of UK-crewed flights would expect to be cancelled.

The airline tends to inform passengers on flights that are to set to be cancelled two or three days ahead.


It is not recommended to cancel now as it’s possible that the strikes won’t go ahead at all.

Both the airline and union say they don’t want the strikes to happen.

Making your own travel arrangements would also stop the airline from making alternative arrangements for your travel.

Here’s our guide on how to claim compensation if your flight has been delayed or cancelled.


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