The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair cancels 104 flights to and from Belgium on 10 August, due to the call of the pilot unions BeCA (Belgian Cockpit Association) and CNE/LBC to strike that day.
“Because the pilots’ unions in Belgium have called for a strike on 10 August, we are unfortunately forced to cancel 104 flights to and from Belgium, out of more than 2,400 European flights that day,” reports Ryanair in a press release.
Ryanair indicates that the affected customers have already been notified by e-mail or SMS and transferred to another Ryanair flight or got their money back. “We apologise to our customers for the annoyance caused by these strikes“, says Ryanair.
Belgian-based Ryanair cabin crew already held a strike on 25 and 26 July, together with cabin crew from other countries, and a similar number of flights to/from Belgium were cancelled on both days.
Belgian consumer association Test-Achats/Aankoop reminds the affected passengers that they have the right to claim compensation according to EU Regulation 261/2004 and European jurisprudence since it is a strike internal to the airline and not due to external factors. Ryanair has already said that it would not pay compensation. This will thus probably end up in court.