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Ryanair to cancel up to 30 flights over pilot strike

A strike by Ryanair pilots has led to the cancellation of flights from the Republic to the UK. Picture by Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Cate McCurry, Press Association

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Ryanair is to cancel up to 30 flights between the Republic and the UK on Thursday over a planned strike by its pilots.

The budget airline said that all flights from the Republic to Europe will operate as normal.

The cancellations follow a decision by Ryanair pilots to hold a strike earlier this month.

Members of the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (Ialpa) at the budget airline voted overwhelmingly (99%) in favour of industrial action.

The union says the Dublin-based carrier is not taking its demands seriously over pay and conditions, issues over seniority and how annual leave is dealt with.

Customers were notified of the cancellations by text and email on Tuesday and will also receive a refund.

The company said it will help customers travelling to the UK with alternative transport - both flights and ferries - where there is space available.

Management and unions are due to meet on Wednesday at Dublin Airport in a bid to minimise disruption.

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