Ryanair Adds Extra Flights Amid Aer Lingus Strike Action

A line of Ryanair jets parked alongside an Aer Linus aircraft.
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Ryanair has responded to the recent Aer Lingus strike action by adding extra flights to popular destinations from Dublin. These will operate from London Stansted, Malaga, and Faro airports.

These additional flights will operate on Saturday, June 29th, and Sunday, June 30th. This temporary increase is planned to accommodate the surge in demand caused by Aer Lingus delays and cancellations.

Understanding the Aer Lingus Pilot Strike

The current disruption stems from ongoing disagreements between Aer Lingus and its pilots’ union, the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA).

IALPA members have been engaged in “work to rule” action, which involves strictly adhering to all contractual work regulations.

While not a full strike, the Aer Lingus strike action has resulted in delays and cancellations as pilots refuse to take on additional tasks outside their contracts.

A Ryanair B737 at Dublin Airport
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Impact on Travelers: Scramble for Alternatives

The “work to rule” action at Aer Lingus has left many travelers scrambling for alternative flights, particularly those with upcoming trips planned for the busy summer season.

With hundreds of Aer Lingus flights canceled, Ryanair’s existing services to popular destinations like London, Malaga, and Faro quickly sold out.

Ryanair Clears Up Pricing Concerns

The airline addressed rumors circulating on social media, clarifying that they haven’t raised fares due to the Aer Lingus strike. The high demand simply resulted in their existing flights selling out.

To meet this increased demand, Ryanair is adding two return flights to/from London Stansted on both June 29th and 30th.

They’re also adding two flights each on the Malaga-Dublin route (June 29th) and Faro-Dublin route (June 30th).

Fares for these additional Stansted flights start at €270 one-way, with Malaga flights starting at €330 and Faro at €340. Due to the limited availability, Ryanair encourages passengers to book quickly.

A Ryanair cabin crew member exits and aircraft.
Photo Credit: Ryanair

Helping Disrupted Aer Lingus Passengers

Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, Dara Brady, emphasized their commitment to assisting passengers affected by the Aer Lingus strike action.

He stated, “We’re working with Aer Lingus to accommodate some of their transfer passengers during the school holidays, though seat availability is limited.”

Additionally, Ryanair is collaborating with Aer Lingus to offer “wet lease capacity” (aircraft with crew) to help them manage disrupted passengers during the strike.

Ryanair urges passengers whose Aer Lingus flights have been canceled to book these extra seats promptly as they anticipate them selling out quickly.

It’s important to note that the situation remains fluid, and further disruptions are possible depending on the outcome of negotiations between Aer Lingus and IALPA.

Travelers with upcoming flights on Aer Lingus are advised to closely monitor the airline’s website for updates.  

It is suggested they also consider purchasing travel insurance for additional protection in case of further cancellations.

A line-up of Ryanair aircraft at sunset.
Photo Credit: Ryanair

The Broader Impact of Airline Industrial Action

This situation highlights the broader issue of airline industrial action and its impact on travelers.

Such actions are generally a last resort for employees seeking better working conditions or pay. When they do occur, they naturally threaten inconvenience and disruption for passengers.

It’s important for airlines and unions to find balanced solutions that address employee concerns while minimizing disruption for travelers.

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