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Fresh Ryanair strike adds to misery for holidaymakers as Dublin Airport hit by more delays and cancellations


Ryanair cabin crew will strike in Spain this month. Photo: Niall Carson

Ryanair cabin crew will strike in Spain this month. Photo: Niall Carson

Ryanair cabin crew will strike in Spain this month. Photo: Niall Carson

PASSENGERS at Dublin Airport faced another day of misery after several flight cancellations and long delays.

However, there were no long delays reported through security in either terminal.

A number of flights to and from Dublin were cancelled or delayed, including Aer Lingus flights to Zurich, Manchester and Rome.

One holidaymaker flying to Zakynthos with TUI Ireland spoke of his family’s ordeal.

Richard Grimmett said his family’s “worst fears” were realised on Sunday when their flight was cancelled.

“We were at the airport four hours before the flight,” he said. “They had one guy checking in the entire flight, so check-in took nearly three hours. We rushed through the airport to get to the gate with minutes to spare to be told the flight was delayed until 3.30.

“They kept us at the gate until 4.30pm before they confirmed our flight was cancelled, then another two hours waiting for our bags. We were told to go home and await an email from TUI. We got an email from TUI confirming our flight would depart at 2.45 pm today and we should come back to the airport in good time, which we did.”

The Grimmetts’ flight was again delayed, and they were left standing at the departure gate for hours.

Spain-based cabin crew at Ryanair have announced plans to strike for 12 days in July to demand better conditions, further raising the prospect of travel chaos as the summer tourist season gets under way.

The announcement came at the end of a current strike, which began on Thursday and forced Ryanair to cancel ten flights in Spain at the weekend.

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Cabin crew will strike on July 12-15, 18-21 and 25-28 across the 10 Spanish airports where Ryanair operates.

A spokesperson for Ryanair said the airline expects minimal disruption to its flights to and from Spain.

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“Less than 1pc of Ryanair’s flights have been affected in the past month by recent minor and poorly supported cabin crew strikes called by unions who are either not recognised by or who represent tiny numbers of Ryanair crews,” the spokesperson said.

“Air traffic control and airport staff shortages across Europe, which are beyond Ryanair’s control, may, however cause some minor disruption and any passengers whose flights are disrupted by ATC staff shortages will be notified of their entitlements.”

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