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Spanish Ryanair Strike Updates

Spanish Ryanair Strike Updates

Strike Updates

Update 2nd September

Sunday was absolutely normal at the El Altet airport . The strike day that started yesterday in Spain did not affect Alicante, as planned. Tourists landed and took off without any incident slowing them down;

The strike called by Ryanair cabin crew for the closure of the bases of the airline in the Canary Islands was not noticed in Alicante . The workers started yesterday the first day of a total of ten stoppages that they have marked on the calendar for this September. Today is the second of them, the following will be days 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29 of this month.

The airline have already notified the cancellations of flights to affected travelers, as reported last week, without any affecting the province. The suppressed routes left or arrived in Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Santiago de Compostela and Seville.

Yesterday was one of the busiest days in the Alicante airfield, with more than 300 flights that moved approximately 58,238 passengers. Today the protest of Ryanair workers continues when the programming for El Altet airport is 314 flights with 55,035 passengers.

Update 29th AugustRyanair have cancelled a small number of flights due to the impending strike action

Ryan have confirmed that they have cancelled a small number of flights 14 in total on September 1st and 2nd and all passengers affected have been informed by email.

Updates – 28th August, on Cabin Crew Strikes planned for September

The SEPLA union this morning filed a mediation request with the SIMA governmental arbitration service, as is legally required in such labor conflicts. The talks will take place in the coming days, and should a solution not be found, an official strike will be called.

Ryanair pilots to join cabin crew in strike action planned for September  unless a deal is reached this week, the low cost airline´s aircrew will schedule stoppages on 5 days next month compounding disruption.

A labor union representing pilots for Ryanair has announced a series of strikes next month in protest at the Irish airline’s plans to close its Spanish bases in Las Palmas, Tenerife South, Lanzarote and Girona, as well as the Portuguese base of Faro, a move that could see more than 100 pilots lose their jobs.

The industrial action announced today by the SEPLA union will take place during the same month as stoppages already planned by cabin crew for the low-cost carrier. Those strikes are scheduled for September 1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29, while the pilots will be walking out on September 19, 20, 22, 27 and 29.

Updates – 28 Aug 2019 • 20:42


All Ryanair flights to/from UK airports on Mon 2nd, Tues 3rd & Wed 4th Sept will operate as scheduled thanks to the efforts of over 95% of our UK pilots who have confirmed that they will work their rosters, and will not support this failed 3rd BALPA strike action.

We do not expect any pilot strike disruptions to our schedule to/from our UK airports on Mon 2nd, Tues 3rd & Wed 4th Sept next.

On behalf of our customers and their families we wish to sincerely thank all our UK pilots who have not supported this BALPA strike, and have confirmed they will work as rostered to protect the flights and travel plans of our UK customers and their families over the first week of Sept.

We have invited BALPA to meet with Ryanair (this week) to resume negotiations, and to call off these unsupported and failed pilot strikes, but BALPA have refused to take these repeated invitations.

Unions confirmed the work stoppage after a seven-hour meeting with the low-cost airline, which said it would be closing its bases in Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

22nd August – UPDATE – Ryanair cabin crew in Spain will strike for 10 days in September

Ryanair cabin crew will strike on September 1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29 after mediation, between the airline and union leaders from USO and Sitcpla failed to produce an agreement.

The impact could affect hundreds of flights not only in Spain but also across Europe.

The airline said it will decide whether the base at Girona will also be shut in the coming weeks. The closure of the three bases could lead to the loss of 350 cabin crew jobs and 150 pilots, according to the USO.

The mediators are insisting that union leaders and the airline meet again next week, and have asked Ryanair to share the information it has on the planned closures.

The Ryanair pilot union Sepla will find out on Wednesday whether its members have voted to strike.

If your flight is cancelled you will receive an email from Ryanair. At the moment there is no information about the likelihood of any cancellations.  This article will be updated when we have more information.

Air Passenger rights HERE 

And what to do if you are delayed HERE

14th August – Potential strike dates announced

Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in Spain have announced plans to hold 10 days of strikes in September unless the airline changes its plans to close several bases in the country.

The SITCPLA and USO workers’ unions said in a statement they planned to formally lodge notice of strikes unless Ryanair makes concessions in the coming days.

The strikes are planned for 1-2 September, as well as the 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th and 28th.

Unions representing Ryanair staff in Britain, Ireland and Portugal have also announced plans to strike in the coming weeks over pay and conditions.  Details of the UK strikes HERE 


10th August – PILOTS with Ryanair’s Spanish division have threatened to walk out with cabin crew in September over plans to dismiss around 100 of them, their union has said.

The Spanish Pilots Union (SEPLA) said it would not accept the ‘arbitrary’ dismissal of the pilots which come as part of Ryanair’s plans to cut staff numbers.

The airline claimed they are overstaffed and plan to sack a total of 900 pilots and cabin crew across Europe. Spanish pilots make up 20 per cent of the 500 pilots facing dismissal across Europe.

SEPLA claimed the reasons for the dismissal had not been properly explained or legally justified.

Ryanair said overstaffing and costs related to the delay in the delivery of 30 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft were among the reasons for the sackings.

It comes as Ryanair announced plans to close its bases in Gran Canaria and Tenerife and is also considering shutting one in Girona, Cataluña.

“This is having a direct impact on pilots who face constant uncertainty about their future,” SEPLA said.

SEPLA’s strike threat follows plans from the SITCPLA and USO cabin crew unions to walkout in Septemer.

You can read the full story from Euro Weekly News HERE 



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