Less than 2% of the 3,000 flights Ryanair had scheduled on Friday were impacted by cabin crew strikes that mainly hit Belgium, the Irish low-cost carrier said in a statement that forecast a similar level of disruption over the weekend. "Ryanair expects over 98% of its 3,000 daily flights will operate normally on Saturday and Sunday," a figure that included disruptions from strikes by cabin crew and French air-traffic control operators, and from airport staff shortages, it said.
LISBON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Some cabin crew at Ryanair went on strike in Belgium, Spain and Portugal on Friday in a dispute over pay and working conditions, the latest in a wave of walkouts staged by workers across different sectors in Europe. Surging inflation across the continent has led to millions of workers struggling with rising costs of living, prompting trade unions to demand higher wage increases, often backed by strike calls. Airlines and airport operators have also struggled with staff shortages to handle the flow of passengers as demand for travel bounces back with the end of most COVID-19 restrictions.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Ryanair on Wednesday lost its challenge against EU approval for millions of euros in state aid granted to rival Finnair after Europe's second-top court took the side of EU competition regulators. Europe's biggest budget airline has a mixed record in its more than 30 lawsuits against state funding given to its rivals across the 27-country bloc to offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Luxembourg-based General Court threw out its Finnair lawsuit.