Ryanair scraps 104 flights to or from Belgium on 10 August

The Irish low cost airline Ryanair has announced that 104 flights to or from Belgium will be scrapped next Friday. These are among a total of 2,400 flights that the airline is cancelling as a result of a call to take strike action on 10 August that was issued by unions representing Ryanair pilots earlier this week.  

In a press statement released on Friday afternoon Ryanair said that "All the customer affected have been informed by e-mail or by text that they will be offered alternative flights or reimbursed”.                      

On Wednesday the Christian Trades Union and the Belgian Cockpit Association (BeCA) called on their members to strike on Friday 10 August. Although it is not clear how many pilots will follow the strike call Ryanair has informed a large number of its customers that their flights are being cancelled a week in advance.

Ryanair has been beset by industrial action over the past few months. Unions representing the airline’s staff are demanding a proper system of dialogue with management to discuss pay and conditions and the application of the national labour legislation in the countries in which Ryanair operates.