Ryanair’s next round of strikes can be problematic for people travelling to and from Malta.
UK based pilots working for Ryanair have notified the airline that they will be on strike for five days between 22 – 23 August and 2 – 4 September. It is unlikely that flights on any adjacent days will be affected.
The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) announced that 80% of pilots voted in favour of strike action on a 72 per cent turnout. That means 56% of union members voted for a stoppage.
The strikes are planned for extremely busy days with an estimated 350,000 travellers expected to fly on British-crewed flights.
According to the UK Independent, passengers flying to and from the Meditteranean are amongst those who might be significantly impacted by these strikes.
But it isn’t all bad news…
Many flights serving the UK won’t be affected because they use crews based in France, Spain, Italy for flights to and from British airports. The strike only applies to UK-based pilots working for Ryanair and belonging to Balpa.
And don’t cancel your flight just yet.
Ryanair are expected to inform passengers on flights that it has decided to cancel two or three days ahead of departure and will only offer a refund once these cancellations have been decided.
If your flight is cancelled, Ryanair must find you a flight as soon as possible – including on another airline if necessary. They must also meet attendant expense, such as transport and hotels (if you have to stay overnight) as per the European air passengers’ rights rules.
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