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VC German Pilots Union strikes Ryanair for 4 hours affecting 16 flights

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EBB (msn 37519) (Comunitat Valenciana) RAK (Robbie Shaw). Image: 922177.

The German pilots’ union VC struck Ryanair on Friday, December 22, 2017 for four hours affecting 16 flights. The walkout was Ryanair’s first pilots strike.

Ryanair reversed its non-union stance and agreed earlier this month to recognize the unions. VC has now agreed to meet with the company in January 2018.

The VC union issued this statement on December 19, 2017 announcing the first strike:

The German based pilots of the airline Ryanair founded a Company Council on December 19, 2017 under the umbrella of the German Airline Pilots Association (Vereinigung Cockpit) (VC).

For the first time, Ryanair pilots are organizing themselves in Germany in order to avoid the airline’s questionable treatment of its employees. The goal will be to positively influence Ryanair’s employment conditions. “What is self-evident for other employees in Germany, we must first achieve at Ryanair,” says a member of the Company Council. “Decent employment contracts instead of atypical employment is one of the main goals of the Company Council.”

Based on the principle, pilots for pilots, the Company Council is composed of active Ryanair pilots representing all groups. Members include Captains and First Officers who are directly employed as well as working for Ryanair on the so-called “Contractor model”. To protect the Company Council from possible reprisals from Ryanair, the members of the Council will remain anonymous for the time being.

The current situation at Ryanair creates uncertainty within the pilot body and puts unusual pressure on the employees. The on-going court trials and investigations, including many house searches in Germany, show just how dramatic the situation is for the Ryanair pilots.

“The founding of the Ryanair Company Council clearly shows that the airline’s pilots are no longer willing to accept the doubtful methods used by their employer. In the future, they will act united to achieve their basic employee rights,” says Ilja Schulz, president of the German Airlines Pilots Association.

“In Germany we have workers’ rights which apply to all pilots based here. Ryanair must finally acknowledge this. Ryanair pilots must be able to express their wishes and concerns about working conditions and salary without fear of discrimination from the management, ” says Schulz.

The newly formed group benefits from the long-standing experience of the German Airlines Pilots Association in aviation safety and employee representation within the aviation industry.

Previously Ryanair issued this statement on December 21, 2017:

Ryanair sincerely regrets receiving notice of a threatened 4 hour pilot strike (from 5am to 9am) in Germany on Friday, December 22, 2017. This disruption called by the VC pilot union is unjustified and unnecessary when Ryanair wrote earlier this morning to the VC (copy attached) agreeing to meet them again in Frankfurt as requested on Friday, January 5, 2018 to progress the negotiations on a Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) for Germany.

At Ryanair’s meeting with the VC and their Ryanair Pilots Council on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, the VC confirmed that the Ryanair Pilots Council had not been elected by Ryanair’s pilots, and contained one former contract pilot who had not flown for Ryanair for 15 months, who is currently in litigation with Ryanair in Germany. Ryanair explained that it was happy to negotiate with its German pilots and the VC officials but it would not enter into negotiations with non-Ryanair pilots, or a non-Ryanair pilot who is in litigation with Ryanair.

Ryanair has written to its German pilots this afternoon asking them to work as normal tomorrow to avoid disrupting the travel plans of thousands of German passengers during Christmas week. Ryanair will continue to engage with the VC union and its German pilots to try to agree a CLA in early January, so tomorrow’s 4 hour strike serves no purpose other than to disrupt thousands of German passengers in Christmas week solely, so that the VC can impose a non-elected, non-Ryanair pilot (who is currently suing the airline) on its Ryanair Pilots Council.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:

“Ryanair apologises sincerely to any German customers worried or affected by this threatened 4 hour strike tomorrow morning. We hope that our German pilots will put the needs of our customers first during Christmas week. We advise all customers in Germany to turn up as normal tomorrow, as we plan to operate all scheduled flights, and we will be doing our upmost to minimise any disruptions to the Christmas travel plans of our German customers.”

Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EBB (msn 37519) (Comunitat Valenciana) RAK (Robbie Shaw). Image: 922177.

Ryanair to face down IALPA threatened strike

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DLB (msn 33584) (Comunitat Valenciana) NTE (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 922260.

Ryanair has issued this statement:

Ryanair has received the attached notice from the Aer Lingus pilots union IALPA of a 24 hour strike “by pilots directly employed by Ryanair” on December 20, 2017.

Ryanair welcomes this notice which conclusively proves that it is about union recognition for the Aer Lingus pilots union IALPA and not about pay and conditions for Ryanair pilots who in Dublin can earn between €150,000 to €190,000 p.a. for working a 5 on/4 off roster (a double bank holiday weekend every week), and have been offered a 20% pay increase (at a time when IALPA are recommending a 3% increase to Aer Lingus pilots).

Ryanair will deal with any such disruptions if, or when they arise, and we apologize sincerely to customers for any upset or worry this threatened action by less than 28% of our Dublin pilots may cause them over the coming days.

Ryanair is surprised that IALPA has threatened to disrupt Christmas week travel when IALPA’s own numbers confirm that it has the support of less than 28% of Ryanair’s over 300 Dublin pilots and when Ryanair’s Belfast, Cork and Shannon bases have already agreed these 20% pay deals. While some disruption may occur, Ryanair believes this will largely be confined to a small group of pilots who are working their notice and will shortly leave Ryanair, so they don’t care how much upset they cause colleagues or customers.

Ryanair has already confirmed that any Dublin pilots who participate in this industrial action will be in breach of the Dublin pilots base agreement and they will lose those agreed benefits which arise from dealing directly with Ryanair, including the 5 on/4 off rosters, certain pay benefits and promotion opportunities until such time as they chose to return to the 25 year established practice of dealing directly with Ryanair.

Like any group of workers, Ryanair’s very well paid pilots are free to join unions, but like every other multinational, Ryanair is also free – under both Irish and EU law – to decline to engage with (competitor pilot) unions. Ryanair will not recognize an Aer Lingus pilot union, no matter how often or how long this tiny minority (earning between €150,000 to €190,000 p.a.) try to disrupt our flights or our customers plans during Christmas week.

Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DLB (msn 33584) (Comunitat Valenciana) NTE (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 922260.

Ryanair to add more routes and flights from Dublin

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced extra flights on four Dublin routes to Barcelona, Faro, Nice and Beauvais (near Paris), offering passengers even greater choice this summer at Dublin Airport. These increases are in addition to Ryanair’s 9 new Dublin routes to Almeria, Bari, Basel, Bucharest, Chania, Comiso, Lisbon, Marrakesh and Prague, which will start in April, and extra flights on its Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London Stansted, Madrid and Manchester routes. This growth is in direct response to the Government’s decision to scrap the travel tax from April this year and will result in over 700,000 extra passengers at Dublin Airport this year>
Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EBB (msn 37519) departs from Marrakech.
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Ryanair to open two new bases in Greece

Ryanair (Dublin) today (January 14) announced that as part of a $280 million investment in Greece it would open its second and third Greek bases (64 in total) at Athens and Thessaloniki in April 2014 with a total of three based aircraft and nine new routes.
Ryanair’s new Athens base from April 2014 will deliver:
·2 based aircraft
·6 new routes to Chania, London, Milan, Paphos, Rhodes & Thessaloniki
·154 weekly flights
·Over 1.2m new passengers p.a. at Athens
·Over 1,200* jobs sustained at Athens
Ryanair will grow at Thessaloniki as follows:
·1 based aircraft
·3 new routes: Athens, Pisa & Warsaw (16 in total)
·212 weekly flights
·Over 1.6m pax p.a
·Over 1,600* “on site” jobs
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DYX (msn 37517) with Comunitat Valenciana promotional markings climbs away from Nantes.
Ryanair: AG Slide Show

Ryanair criticizes Brussels Airlines, the Belgian government, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus, announces a new Eindhoven base

Ryanair (Dublin) has publicly stated it will not move to Brussels (Zaventem) should Brussels Airlines (Brussels) fail due to its current financial losses. The airline is committed to Charleroi near Brussels. The company issued the following statement:

Ryanair rejected recent speculation emanating from the Belgian Government and/or Brussels Airlines that there was some prospect that Ryanair would move to Brussels Zaventem when Brussels Airlines disappears due to its catastrophic losses. Ryanair has rejected this idle speculation and confirmed its commitment to its base at Brussels Charleroi, where Ryanair has operated for 15 years, and has built a growing and successful partnership with Brussels South Charleroi Airport.

Ryanair confirmed that it has recently reaffirmed its traffic development plans with Brussels Charleroi Airport, that it continues to add new aircraft and new routes at Charleroi, continues to grow traffic and jobs in Charleroi, and that it has no intention of moving to Brussels Zaventem, even if Brussels Airlines, an airline which is effectively controlled by Lufthansa (Frankfurt), ceases operations.
Ryanair called on the Belgian Government to reject Brussels Airlines pathetic attempt to obtain subsidies for its high labour costs, which would result in the Belgian taxpayer effectively subsidising Lufthansa, one of Europe’s strongest airline groups.
Ryanair pointed out that Lufthansa freely chose to take a 45% stake in Brussels Airlines, and if Lufthansa is unhappy with Brussels Airlines cost base, then it should reduce those costs or invest in the airline, rather than inappropriately pressurising the Belgian Government to subsidise another large Lufthansa partner.
Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today announced it would open its 52nd base (second Dutch base) at Eindhoven in April 2013 with one based aircraft as it invests over $70 million at Eindhoven Airport.

Ryanair will grow at Eindhoven as follows:
  • 1 based aircraft
  • 31 routes
  • 4 new routes to/from Agadir, Bordeaux, Chania and Fez
  • Warsaw Modlin extended for summer season
  • Increased frequencies to/from Alicante, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga, Marrakech and Pisa
  • 238 weekly flights (up 8%)
  • 1.7 million pax p.a (up 7%)
  • 1,700 jobs at Eindhoven Airport
Ryanair also took a public swipe at competitor Aer Lingus (Dublin) which it has been attempting to take control. Here is the full statement:
Ryanair criticized the Board and Management of Aer Lingus for their latest “wet lease” agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways (London), which Ryanair believes is yet another example of Aer Lingus’ commercial failure and lack of any independent future.

Ryanair highlighted that this is Aer Lingus’ second attempt at such a wet lease type arrangement, following the trans-Atlantic “partnership” with United Airlines (Chicago), which started in March 2010, under which Aer Lingus switched one of its trans-Atlantic aircraft, to operate an effective wet lease for United Airlines on the Washington – Madrid route.  In July 2011, Aer Lingus’ CEO Christoph Mueller claimed We operate the aircraft very cost efficiently and United is selling it at very reasonable yields and it works…”.  Mr Mueller “believes this type of operation could be strategically important for the future”.  Yet this “strategically important” partnership was ended by United in October 2012 after just 30 months.
Ryanair called on the Board and Management of Aer Lingus to explain why Aer Lingus is wet leasing four of its larger A320 aircraft to Virgin Atlantic to operate routes to/from London Heathrow Airport which have no connection with or value to Ireland.  Where will these four aircraft come from?  Will they be taken from Aer Lingus’ existing bases at Shannon, Cork or Dublin?  Will this result in yet another decline in Aer Lingus’ traffic, which has already fallen from 10.4 million in 2009 to 9.5 million in 2011?  Will Aer Lingus’ contribution to Ireland’s “Grabbing” in 2013 be yet another 1 million cut in capacity and traffic to/from the Republic of Ireland?
Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said:
“In 2010 Aer Lingus was promising that the United Airlines wet lease “partnership” would be the way forward, yet 2 years later United abruptly cancelled the deal and returned the aircraft to Aer Lingus.  Instead, United have now entered the Washington-Dublin route, which Aer Lingus previously withdrew from.
Today’s announcement that Aer Lingus is to take 4 of its existing aircraft away from Ireland, thereby reducing its Irish traffic by up to 1 million passengers annually, so that it can rent these aircraft to Virgin Atlantic on a short-term wet lease arrangement seems to be yet another admission that Aer Lingus has no commercial strategy or independent future.  What happens in a year or two years time if Virgin Atlantic wants to cancel the deal and Aer Lingus is left with 4 aircraft with nothing to do, but has 1 million fewer core passengers ?
If, as Aer Lingus claims, their brand and commercial strategy is working, then why are they spray painting 4 aircraft in Virgin colours and renting them out, rather than running more routes to/from Ireland for the “Grabbing” in 2013?  Ryanair believes that this latest wet lease deal with Virgin is yet another sign that Aer Lingus has no viable commercial strategy, a mismanaged and fading brand and no independent future.”
Copyright Photo: Guillaume Besnard. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EKJ (msn 38497) with special “Comunitat Valenciana” promotional sub-titles climbs away from Barcelona.
Ryanair: AG Slide Show

Ryanair makes a new bid to take control of Aer Lingus

Ryanair (Dublin) has made another attempt to acquire a controlling share of rival Aer Lingus (Dublin). The ultra low-fare carrier which already owns slightly under 30 percent of the current Aer Lingus stock is offering a premium price of 1.30 euros a share, a 38 percent premium according to this report by Reuters. If Ryanair is successful in becoming the majority owner, the acquisition of the stock would still be subject to approval by the European Commission which in 2007 blocked a previous attempt by Ryanair due to concerns about the lack in competition in the Irish market if a transaction was approved.

Meanwhile Aer Lingus has told its shareholders to do nothing and to hold on to their shares. Will a quick profit tempt many stockholders?

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