RYANAIR BOSS: Michael O’Leary

SOME 190 flights have been cancelled by Ryanair this Friday ahead of cabin crew strikes which are set to take place across Europe.

All affected passengers are said to have received e-mails and texts this morning.

The cancelled haul makes up for around 8% of the budget carrier’s 2,400 scheduled flights.

It comes ahead of cabin crew strikes in Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Germany after the Dublin-based airline failed to reach an agreement with unions.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “We sincerely apologise to those customers affected by these unnecessary strikes on Friday, which we have done our utmost to avoid, given that we have already offered these unions recognition agreements, Collective Labour Agreements, and a move to local contracts/law in 2019.

“These repeated unnecessary strikes are damaging Ryanair’s business and our customer confidence at a time when oil prices are rising strongly, and if they continue, it is inevitable that we will have to look again at our capacity growth this winter and in summer 2019.

“We hope these unions will see common sense and work with us to finalise agreements for the benefit of our pilots and cabin crew over the coming weeks without further disrupting our customers or our flights.

“When we can successfully do deals with unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Italy, why are some unions in Belgium, Holland and Spain not doing similar deals?”

A list of the cancelled flights has not been released but the airline says it has contacted all customers who have been affected, via e-mail or text message.

If you haven’t been contacted then your flight should still be taking off.

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