Ryanair cancels 30 flights as pilots strike in Ireland

This comes as an ongoing feud between Ryanair staff and the budget airline intensifies.

Ryanair said that if the pilots wanted to stage more unsuccessful strikes, so be it - but said it remained available for talks.

The Irish budget carrier confirmed it had cancelled 30 flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom and these were focused on routes that would allow passengers to find alternative flights easily.

However, Ryanair is facing further strikes in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium later in the summer.

In a statement, Ryanair said today's strike had "achieved nothing" as all customers on the 30 affected flights had switched flights or accepted refunds.

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Some one hundred directly employed Ryanair pilots based in Ireland launched a 24-hour strike on Thursday after the airline's management failed to meet their demands during Wednesday talks.

Last month, the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (Ialpa) voted in favour of industrial action, over pay and conditions, issues over seniority and how annual leave is organised.

That is just ahead of planned strikes by cabin crew in Spain Italy, Portugal and Belgium on 25 July and 26 July.

Ryanair released a statement on Tuesday afternoon confirming this, adding that trade union FÓRSA had refused invitations to meet on several occasions to discuss industrial action.

A statement released by all four unions that are representing the cabin crews said: "We call on the European Commission, and the governments of every European country where Ryanair operates, to act upon the social dumping performed by the Irish low-priced carrier and to enforce the EU employment and national imperative legislation".

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