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Ryanair Condemns Unite’s Planned Airport Staff Strike

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On Thursday, Ryanair condemned Unite’s planned airport staff strike which could take place in late August, the peak summer travel period.

Ryanair has said the strikes would force it to cancel up to 300 flights per day at Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London Stansted airports disrupting the travel plans of up to 50,000 passengers each day.

Ryanair’s Daniel de Carvalho said, “There is no justification for any strikes by these selfish and underworked Unite members at a time when traffic at BAA’s airports is falling and they are even less busy than they were last year. Unite must not be allowed to blackmail ordinary passengers or their families by striking during the peak holiday season ... If the Unite union closes the BAA airports, then they should be told in no uncertain terms that a pay freeze will immediately follow.”

A statement from BAA, which owns Heathrow, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton airports, says, “We regret the uncertainty this vote has already caused our passengers and airline customers. We hope that the union will engage with us quickly to conclude an agreement. Fewer than half of those people eligible to vote have done so and we do not believe this result provides a clear mandate for strike action.”

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