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Ryanair passenger misery as strikes stop hundreds of flights

Hundreds of Ryanair flights will not take off as planned today due to pilot strikes in five countries. Photo: PA

Hundreds of Ryanair flights will not take off as planned today due to pilot strikes in five countries.

The Stansted-based budget airline is scrapping the flights because of strikes by pilots in Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands. They are staging a 24 hour walkout over pay and conditions.

Around 250 flights have been cancelled as a result, forcing passengers who planned to travel today to rebook or take different routes.

It follows disruption earlier this week after it axed flights because of the threat of thunderstorms. Credit: ITV Anglia

The Irish budget airline said the strikes were “regrettable and unjustified” and called for unions to come back to the negotiating table.

It follows disruption earlier this week after it axed flights because of the threat of thunderstorms.

"Ryanair is always going to be worse affected at Stansted than any other airline because if you are 70% of an airline's operation then if things start unravelling, you're going to be hit harder than anybody."

– Simon Calder, Travel expert

Despite the walkouts, 85% of its scheduled flights, more than 2,000, will operate as normal.

“Ryanair took every step to minimise the disruption and we notified our customers as early as possible advising them of their free move, refund or reroute options. The majority of customers have already been accommodated on another Ryanair flight. We want to again apologise to customers affected by this unnecessary disruption and we ask the striking unions to continue negotiations instead of calling anymore unjustified strikes.”

– Ryanair spokesperson