Potential breakthrough as Ryanair strike looms

Randall Padilla
December 18, 2017

Impact, which represents Irish-based pilots, has agreed to meet the low-priced carrier's management on Tuesday evening ahead of the planned strike on Wednesday.

The airline was also facing action by pilots in Italy, Germany and Portugal.

"We're certainly happy to meet Ryanair on Tuesday", he said.

Impact initially responded today by saying it would not suspend the walk-out until after meeting Ryanair, but announced in a statement this evening that the strike was off.

Some 117 directly-employed Ryanair pilots are involved in the dispute, making up the majority of the firm's captains in Ireland - meaning any walkout would have severely affected flights.

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.

The statement added: "The union acknowledged the principled determination of Ryanair pilots which it said had made this breakthrough possible and said it looked forward to establishing a positive relationship with Ryanair company management".

In its statement this afternoon, the airline said: "Ryanair has again called on IMPACT/ IALPA to cancel the threatened industrial action on Wednesday Dec 20 (as the Italian and German unions have already done) which is causing unnecessary concern and worry for thousands of Ryanair customers travelling home during Christmas week".

It will bring certainty to Ryanair passengers travel plans over the Christmas period.

Ryanair has sought a meeting with the Irish Airline Pilots' Association on that day, according to The Independent.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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