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Ryanair warns of Easter strikes

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Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has warned that passengers could face disruption during Easter as the airline refuses to give in to “laughable” demands from pilots in some markets.

The announcement comes just days after Ryanair reached an agreement with the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) on union representation for its UK-based pilots. The carrier has been in negotiations with unions in its other markets to sort out similar deals whereby pilots will receive a 20 per cent pay rise, but has yet to win pilots over.

Now Ryanair says the ongoing dispute could lead to strike action over the busy Easter holiday.

Commenting on the threat, O’Leary said: “We have some jurisdictions where we are getting the kind of laughable demands for legacy-type inefficiencies.”

Ryanair estimates the pilots’ pay rise and its aim to add more cabin crew will cost the airline an extra €45 million this year, though it recorded a 12 per cent increase in net profit in quarter three.

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