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Disruption hits Ryanair passengers at Stansted Airport and pilots go on strike

PUBLISHED: 14:45 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 08 August 2018

The queue at Stansted Airport today. Picture: MARTYN CHAMBERS

The queue at Stansted Airport today. Picture: MARTYN CHAMBERS

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There was more disruption at Stansted Airport today as passengers tried to rebook their Ryanair flights.

A total of 14 flights were cancelled yesterday and extra check-in staff and baggage handlers have been brought in to help cope with the extra demand.

And it came at a time when the flight company cancelled hundreds of flight after German pilots went on strike.

It announced 250 more flight cancellations due to a walk-out by German pilots on Friday.

Europe’s biggest budget airline had already cancelled around 160 flights operating ahead of pilots’ strikes in Ireland, Belgium and Sweden.

Around 45,000 passengers are to be given 48 hours’ notice or less that their flights have been cancelled.

It follows a 96 per cent vote by Ryanair pilots employed in Germany in favour of a strike, announced on July 30, in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Their union, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), said no improved offer has been received.

Friday is set to be one of the busiest days of the summer for airlines, with Ryanair originally planning to operate 2,400 flights.

That number has now dwindled by around 400 due to strike cancellations in Ireland, Belgium and Sweden as well as Germany. In total an estimated 72,000 passengers across Europe will see their flights grounded.

Ryanair tweeted: “Vereinigung Cockpit pilot union in Germany have today called an unnecessary strike next Friday (10 Aug) and we have regrettably been forced to cancel 250 flights to/from Germany.

“We apologise to our customers for the disruption.”

Have you been effected by the delays and cancellations if so contact the newsdesk on 01473 324736 or email newsroom@archant.co.uk

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