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Spanish Ryanair Cabin Crew Are Hitting the Airline Where it Hurts: Refusing to Sell Onboard

Ryanair’s cabin crew in Spain are currently in dispute with the low-cost airline over its plans to close bases in the Canary Islands and Girona.  Unions who represent cabin crew and pilots estimate that a total of 512 inflight crew…

Ryanair Plans to Axe Nearly a Third of its Spanish Workforce, Pilots and Cabin Announce Strikes

Ryanair’s Spanish-based pilots and cabin crew plan a series of walkouts throughout September after the budget carrier confirmed it plans to close its bases in Lanzarote, Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and possibly Girona.  If the closures go ahead,…

Ryanair Seeks High Court Injunction to Block Next Weeks Pilots Strike in the United Kingdom

Ryanair is allegedly seeking a High Court injunction in a last-ditch bid to block a planned walkout next week by its pilots based in the UK.  Last week, pilots backed by the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) voted in favour…

Ryanair Pilots in Ireland Announce August Strike as Airline Claims They’re Demanding a 101% Pay Rise

A pilots union that represents Ryanair’s directly-employed flight crew in Ireland announced yesterday its intention to stage a 48-hour strike in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.  The walkout, which is due to start on 22nd August, has been…

Ryanair Goes On Offensive As Second Pilots Union Votes in Favour of Strike Action

Ryanair has criticised an Irish pilots union, saying it was “disappointed” that FÓRSA had given notice of industrial action, including a possible strike, and claimed less than 25% of its pilots based in Ireland actually backed a walkout.  On Friday,…

Ryanair Pilots in the UK Vote to Strike in August and September

UK-based pilots for budget airline Ryanair have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions.  The BALPA pilots union, which is also threatening strike action at British Airways, has announced two sets of strikes –…

Ryanair Threatens Hundreds of Cabin Crew and Pilot Job Losses – Unions Call “Foul Play”

Aviation unions have called “foul play” over a threat from Ryanair to make around 900 pilots and cabin crew redundant, claiming the move is more about intimidating its workforce than a need to slash a surplus of frontline employees.  In…

Ryanair Blames Boeing, Brexit for Possible Cabin Crew and Pilot Job Losses That Could Run into the Hundreds

Michael O’Leary, the Chief Executive of Ryanair has warned staff that job losses for both pilots and cabin crew are highly likely after the airline yesterday reported a combined drop in first qaurter profits of 41% over the last two…

Profits Drop 21% at Ryanair in First Quarter On Back of Rising Costs and Lower Fares

Ryanair has today reported a 21% drop in profits in the first quarter.  Europe’s largest low-cost airline blamed rising costs, as well as lower fares for the dip which it said was in line with a previously announced forecast. A…

Four Teenagers Charged Over Homophobic Attack of Ryanair Cabin Crew and Girlfriend on London Bus

Police have today charged four teenage boys – one as young as just 15-years old – with the homophobic assault of a member of Ryanair cabin crew and her girlfriend on a London night bus.  The shocking incident, that occurred…

Ryanair Facing August Pilot and Cabin Crew Strikes in Portugal, Ireland and the United Kingdom

Europe’s largest low-cost airline is now facing the prospect of damaging pilot and cabin crew strikes in three major markets after Portuguese cabin crew announced their intention of staging a five-day walkout.  The news comes as pilots in Ireland and…

“It’s Their Way or the Highway”: Ryanair Pilots in the UK to be Balloted on Strike Action

In a new development, the largest pilots union in the United Kingdom says it will start balloting its members working for Ryanair on whether they want to stage industrial action against the low-cost airline – possibly including strike action.  Announcing…

Ryanair Planning Redundancies and Base Closures on Boeing 737MAX Grounding

In a new update, Ryanair says it doesn’t expect the grounded Boeing 737MAX aircraft to return to service until “possibly as late as December” and is planning for a high-density version of the same aircraft to be delayed until January…

Five Men Bailed After Ryanair Flight Attendant and Girlfriend Attacked on Eve of Gay Pride Month

Five men aged between 15-18 who were arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault after a Ryanair flight attendant and her girlfriend were attacked on a London night bus have been bailed by police.  Melania Geymonat, 28, who is originally…

Claims: Ryanair Still Isn’t Complying with Local Laws in New Cabin Crew Contracts

Last September, Ryanair signed its very first local collective labour agreement for cabin crew in Italy.  The deal marked a major shift in the low-cost airline’s previous policy of forcing cabin crew to sign Irish employment contracts – no matter…

Ryanair Seriously Riled by Proposed New Dutch Aviation Tax – Claim’s it is ‘State Aid’ for KLM

The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has hit out at a new Aviation Tax which is being proposed by the Dutch government.  The flat-rate tax of €7 per departing passenger was included in a draft bill introduced yesterday by the Dutch…

Ryanair Passenger Threatened to Hit Flight Attendant with Fire Extinguisher, Tried to Open Door

It’s happened again… This time, a passenger onboard a Ryanair flight from Manchester in the North of England to the popular Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria went berserk during the roughly five-hour flight and threatened to hit a member…

Ryanair Ordered to Pay Eight Pilots Between €380,000 and €480,000 in Compensation

A Dutch court has ordered Ryanair to pay eight pilots a total of nearly €4 million in compensation after creating an “unworkable situation” when the low-cost airline decided to close a crew base in Eindhoven.  In March, the Dutch labour…

Ryanair’s Report Card On Becoming a Fair Employer: Could Do Better

It’s been a year since Europe’s largest low-cost airline Ryanair faced its very first cabin crew strikes.  The airline has come along way since first trying to face down workers who were fighting for better pay and working conditions but…

Ryanair Told it Can’t Fire Pilots and Cabin Crew After it Closed Base in Eindhoven

The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has been told by the Dutch labour authority (UWV) that it did not have the right to fire pilots and cabin crew who were based Eindhoven, Netherlands when it decided to close the base last…

Has April Fools Come Early? Ryanair Launches New Airline Called ‘Buzz’

Has Ryanair’s new airline got a sting in its tail?  The Dublin-based low-cost carrier has decided to rebrand its wholly-owned Polish subsidiary as ‘Buzz’ featuring a honey bee design.  The airline was previously known as Ryanair Sun and it offers…

Ryanair Wins Case Against Compensation Claims Solicitors – Good or Bad for Consumers?

Ryanair has applauded a decision by London’s Court of Appeal which ruled in the airline’s favour over the way in which it communicates with customers about so-called ‘denied boarding’ compensation.  The case was brought against Ryanair by a firm of…

Ryanair Made a €20 Million Loss in Quarter Three – Blames Lower Than Expected Air Fares

Ryanair has today reported a €20 million loss in Q3, excluding expected full-year startup costs for Laudamotion which are currently estimated to hit as much as €140 million.  The Dublin-based airline laid the blame for the loss mainly at a6%…

Ryanair Issues Profit Warning After Being Forced to Slash Fares and More Could Follow

Ryanair has been forced to issue a rare profits warning which has seen €100 million wiped from its expected full-year guidance.  The airline says it now expects to turn a profit of between €1 billion to €1.1 billion which is…

Ryanair is NOT Allowed to Fire Dutch Pilots and Cabin Crew Who Refused to Move Bases

Dutch authorities have stepped in to prevent Ryanair from firing a group of pilots and cabin crew who refused to move to another work location outside of the Netherlands following the airline’s decision to close its Eindhoven base.  Ryanair said…

European Airlines Take Swipe at Ryanair and Gulf Carriers Over Employee Rights

Thought you’d heard the last of airlines trying to “level the playing field” with competitors who they accuse of benefiting from unfair subsidies?  Think again.  We’ve already seen the CEO’s of the big three U.S. airlines call out Qatar Airways…

Michael O’Leary “Fuelling the Industrial Unrest in Ryanair” According to Leading Pilots Union

The combative chief executive of Ryanair, 57-year old Michael O’Leary has once again angered unions with inflammatory comments that were reported in Saturday’s edition of London’s The Times newspaper.  The article in question was examining Ryanair’s responsibility to pay out…

Ryanair Has Only Signed Deals in Eight Out of Twenty One Countries Where its Crew Are Based

There’s a big difference between agreeing to recognise trade unions and actually striking deals that improve the working lives of your employees.  In a new report, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) claims there’s a still long way to go…

An Airline Chief Executive Has Won the Award For Being the World’s Worst Boss

The chief executive of Ryanair, the often outspoken Michael O’Leary has been named in a new poll as the World’s Worst Boss.  Other contenders for the gong included the Jeff Bezos, the founder of retail giant Amazon, as well as…

REPORT: Ryanair Avoids Unionisation With Plans to Grow Polish Subsidiary

According to a new Reuters report, the Dublin-based low-cost airline Ryanair plans to grow its wholly-owned Polish subsidiary which uses self-employed cabin crew on lower wages than counterparts in other countries.  At present, the subsidiary which is known as Ryanair…

Ryanair and German Cabin Crew Union Hammer Out a Draft Agreement

Ryanair could actually be about to resolve a lengthy near year-long industrial dispute which has seen pilots and cabin crew hold strike action in several countries across Europe.  In a new development, the Dublin-based low-cost airline has managed to negotiate…

Ryanair Dimisses Cabin Crew Over “Staged” Photo: Sued Over Ability to Manage Labor Relations

A couple of weeks ago, Ryanair faced critism (no surprise there you might say) for an incident in which the airline was accused of mistreating its cabin crew (again, probably not too much of a surprise).  The allegations came about…

Unions Claim Ryanair Chairman Doesn’t Have Nearly As Much Support As Airline Reported

Just a day after a major Ryanair shareholder announced new plans to oust the airline’s longterm Chairman, unions have now claimed David Bonderman didn’t even receive the level of support at this year’s annual general meeting as originally reported.  Trade…

It Took A Week For Ryanair to Issue a Public Apology Over Handling of Racist Incident – Here’s What They Said…

Last Friday, a truly terrible incident occurred on a Ryanair plane while it was parked at the stand in Barcelona, Spain.  Of course, Ryanair wasn’t remotely responsible for what was said between two passengers on that flight but Europe’s largest…

When an Airline Puts an On-Time Departure Ahead of a Racist Thug: Ryanair Faces Some Tough Questions

There’s no shortage of stories of passengers behaving badly but this latest incident has probably got to be one of the worst we’ve heard about in a long time.  On Friday morning, a male passenger onboard Ryanair flight FR15 from…

Ryanair Releases Video Footage of “Staged” Cabin Crew Incident and Quickly Gets Shut Down By Internet

A couple of days ago, a photo leaked of a group of Ryanair cabin crew allegedly being forced to sleep on the floor of a crew room at the airline’s base in Malaga, Spain.  A number of Ryanair flights had…

Ryanair Cabin Crew Forced to Sleep on Floor After Ryanair Strands Them in Malaga, Spain

A photo has emerged of a group of Ryanair cabin crew allegdly being forced to sleep on the floor of the airline’s crew report room in Malaga, Spain after an Autumn storm temporarily grounded flights.  The six members of cabin…

Ryanair Boss Now Say’s He’s “Hopeful and Optimistic” that Progress is Being Made to Resolve Industrial Strife

The embattled boss of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary has reportedly said he is “hopeful and optimistic” the airline is making progress in negotiations with cabin crew and pilot unions across Europe over a bitter pay dispute.  Crew in six countries –…

Ryanair Forced To Cancel At Least 290 Flights On Friday As Airline Faces Its Biggest Strike Ever

Tomorrow, Ryanair cabin crew in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain will hold a 24-hour stoppage in what is expected to be the most widespread strike the airline has ever seen.  Pilots in Germany will also join the…

Uh Oh… The Ryanair Crashes Due to “Server Issues” Days Before ‘Lockdown’ AGM Gets Underway

Low-cost carrier, Ryanair’s website has crashed with just days to go before an all-important Annual General Meeting which has been enveloped with controversy.  In a statement posted on Ryanair’s official Twitter feed, the airline said the outage was being caused…

What is Ryanair Playing At? Allegations Airline is Blocking Polish Cabin Crew from Joining Union

Only yesterday, we reported on the fairly extraordinary news that Ryanair had managed to strike a major deal on a collective labour agreement with four cabin crew unions in Italy.  Crucially, the airline had agreed to offer local Italian employment…

VIDEO: Ryanair Has Agreed to Offer Local Contracts in Major Concession for Italian Cabin Crew

In a major concession for Italian-based Ryanair cabin crew, airline executives have agreed to offer local employment contracts governed under Italian law. At present, Ryanair employs staff at bases across Europe but they are all employed under Irish contracts where…

Wow! Ryanair Has Agreed to Offer Local Contracts in Major Concession for Italian Cabin Crew

In a major concession for Italian-based Ryanair cabin crew, airline executives have agreed to offer local employment contracts governed under Italian law.  At present, Ryanair employs staff at bases across Europe but they are all employed under Irish contracts where…

Ryanair Faces Rolling Cabin Crew Strikes Starting 28th September: Airline Rejects Claims it Will Cause “Chaos”

Over the last few months, Ryanair has faced significant difficulties in the relationship it holds with many of its in-flight crew including pilots and cabin crew.  Many of those problems are arguably of the airline’s very own making – allegations…

NEW: Ryanair Cabin Crew in Five Countries Threaten Strike Action in Late September

Seven trade unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in five countries have today announced plans for a possible strike in late September.  The news was announced following a meeting between the unions in Rome as they discussed an ongoing dispute over…

Billionaire Sexism Row Chairman of Ryanair Urged to Resign Over “Virulently Anti-Union” Corporate Culture

If you’ve heard of Ryanair (and let’s face it, who hasn’t?) then you’ve no doubt heard of the airline’s brash, loudmouthed chief executive Michael O’Leary.  Largely credited with turning what was once a small regional Irish airline into the largest…

Ryanair is Now Accusing the UK’s Air Traffic Control of “Discrimination”: Files Formal Complaint

Unlike in many countries around the world, the government of the United Kingdom doesn’t fully own its air traffic control service.  Instead, the organisation which is known only as NATS is 49% owned by taxpayers, while two private companies own…

Ryanair is Changing its Baggage Policy AGAIN: Here’s How it Will Now Work

For years, Ryanair had an incredibly limited and uncompromising baggage policy.  Passengers could only bring one piece of hand luggage with them onboard the aircraft and the policy was strictly enforced.  Gate agents would make everyone demonstrate that their bag…

German Cabin Crew Union Starts Talks with Ryanair Today: But Will Both Sides be at Loggerheads?

Representatives from the German United Services Union (Ver.di) who represent directly employed Ryanair cabin crew in the country will today meet with Ryanair management at the airline’s head office in Dublin.  The discussions will be the first known negotiations between…

Ryanair Pilots in Germany Will Join Strike Action On Friday – Over 430 Flights to be Cancelled Across Europe

Giving Ryanair management just two days notice, the German Vereinigung Cockpit pilots union has announced plans to hold a 24-hour strike in protest at working conditions and pay at the low-cost carrier.  The strike action is set to begin at…

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