Ryanair planes  grounded due to strikes

With over 1,000 flights cancelled this year, and many staff strikes, Ryanair is starting to lose considerable profit.

Daria Sukharchuk
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Why this story matters:

This year, Europe's low-cost airlines have started showing signs of overreaching.  And after the number of canceled flights skyrocketed, passengers seem a bit less eager to book tickets, no matter the cost.

This year also saw a record number of cabin crew and pilot strikes -- especially in Germany, where Ryanair was accused of using loopholes in the legislation to pay employees much less then German law demands.

As someone who's never paid much attention to the budget airline business model and thought that the tickets were this cheap because of denser seating, extra fees, and lower airport fees (as, I assume, most passengers do), the revelations of the strikers came as a shock to me.

Who would have thought that a European company could get away with this? Now, as the result of the strikes, Ryanair is going to reduce its operations. The company will still remain profitable -- just on a smaller scale. But maybe the boom of low-cost airlines is coming to an end in Europe.

Details from the story:

  • Ryanair cancelled 1,100 flights this year
  • This September, German pilots working for Ryanair, went on their second strike.
  • Cabin crews went on strike in Ireland, Spain, Belguim, Portugal, Netherlands, and Germany.
  • The company has started changing its employment policies, and stopped employing all their staff on Irish contracts (that allow for much smaller benefits), and has already switched to Italian ones for their Italian staff.
  • It has also reached collective labor agreements with its employees in German, Britan, and Ireland.
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