Ryanair has warned passengers that it will cancel up to 600 flights in Europe next week as cabin crew prepare to strike in Belgium, Portugal and Spain.

The Irish carrier is facing two days of walk-outs on 25 and 26 July and has taken the decision to cancel hundreds of flights “to minimise disruption” across Europe.

The move affects up to 200 flights in Spain, up to 50 in Portugal and up to 50 in Belgium on each day of the strike. The cancellations represent about 12 per cent of Ryanair’s European flights and affects around 50,000 customers.

As with past strike cancellations, the carrier has offered affected passengers a free transfer to an alternative flight or a full refund.

Cabin crew have raised similar issues to Ryanir’s Irish pilots in relation to seniority procedures for base transfers and promotions, but is also petitioning the carrier to stop forcing European cabin crew to set up Irish bank accounts. They have also raised concerns over general working conditions.

Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer at Ryanair, commented: “Ryanair sincerely apologises to our customers for these disruptions which we have done our utmost to avoid.”

Jacobs claimed its cabin crew are provided a “great” pay and benefits package, including a salary of up to €40,000 and a roster that sees them get 14 days off each month. He said the strikes are “entirely unjustified and will achieve nothing”.

Meanwhile, 24 flights from Ireland to London and the UK will be cancelled tomorrow (20 July) in relation to a pilot strike.

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