Ryanair Christmas strike suspended after airline agrees to talks

The budget carrier is one of Europe's largest airlines

There were mixed reactions from pilots' groups after Ryanair's recognition of the union.

This afternoon, Ryanair released a statement saying that have offered to meet with IMPACT members on Tuesday, a day before the proposed strike.

Mr Harbor said IMPACT had spoken to senior Ryanair management, telling them they were ready to meet them at any time.

Impact said it would meet Ryanair management on Tuesday and "looked forward to establishing a positive relationship".

While some unions agreed to suspend action, the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association wanted more clarification.

An upcoming Ryanair pilot strike has been suspended after the airline agreed to talks - much to the relief of those flying overseas for Christmas.




Ryanair has agreed to recognise pilots' unions in an attempt to avert Christmas strikes in a "significant change" from its long-standing position.

Friday's announcement also led to Italian pilots' union Anpac and Portuguese union SPAC calling off strike action due to take place next week.

Unions representing Ryanair pilots in Ireland and Portugal on Sunday suspended plans to strike before Christmas, lifting the threat of industrial action at the low-priced giant after it agreed on Friday to recognise trade unions for the first time.

Speaking yesterday, CEO Michael O'Leary said the radical U-turn to recognise unions was a bid to avoid travel chaos for customers during Christmas week.

Ryanair, Europe's second-largest airline by passenger numbers, has been forced to cancel 20,000 flights through to March because of pilot scheduling problems stretching back to September.

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