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Ryanair assures Stansted Airport bosses that pilot strikes will not affect flights

Ryanair has told Stansted Airport bosses it expects to operate a full flight schedule on Thursday and Friday (Aug 22-23) despite striking pilots.

The Irish budget airline and BALPA, the British Airline Pilots' Association, are at loggerheads and the carrier is seeking an injunction today (Wednesday) to try to stop the industrial action.

BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said: "Ryanair pilots in the UK have a serious dispute with their company which will not be resolved by raising legal technicalities in the High Court.

Ryanair Boeing 737-800. (15546322)
Ryanair Boeing 737-800. (15546322)

"Their attempt to block lawful strike action is just another demonstration of the bullying tactics the airline appears to favour. It means all the time that could have been used to try to find a resolution will now be spent preparing for the court action.

"It's also worrying to see Ryanair continue to sell tickets for strike days – are they prepared to offer compensation to passengers if they are affected? I think they should tell passengers exactly where they stand."

A Stansted Airport spokesman said: "If strike action by some Ryanair pilots goes ahead we have been advised by the airline it has contingency plans in place and expects to operate a full flight schedule at London Stansted on Thursday and Friday this week.

"If passengers are due to travel on days strike action is taking place and are in any doubt about the status of their flight, they are advised to check with Ryanair for the latest information."

A second round of strikes has been scheduled for September.

Ryanair has pointed to falling airfares and profits as well as the fact that its pilots' pay is "already 20% ahead" of salaries offered by its competitors.

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