The company insists that it is unwilling to give in to what it calls "unreasonable demands" that will undermine its “low fare and highly efficient model”. Social unrest is weighing on the company's results. Fuel costs have risen and pilots have just received a pay rise.
This week's strike will cancel up to half of all Ryanair flights to and from Belgium. Not a single Ryanair flight is expected to leave Brussels Airport on Wednesday and Thursday. The company is attempting to limit the disruption and has further talks planned with pilot and cabin crew unions. The company warns that if "unnecessary strikes” continue in certain countries it will revise its winter schedule. The company is threatening to reduce flights and cut jobs in certain countries.