Bad news for holidaymakers as Ryanair UK pilots announce strike dates in pay dispute

UK pilots employed by Ryanair are planning a series of strikes this month as part of a row over pay.

Members of the Balpa pilots’ union backed walkouts by a majority of 80% on a turnout of 72%.

It said its national executive had settled on two strike dates.

The first was to last 48 hours from Thursday 22 August through Friday 23rd August.

The second covered Monday 2 September through Wednesday 4th September.

The ballot was called amid frustration with the no-frills carrier, headed by chief executive Michael O’Leary, over its handling of pay claims.

There could be a double whammy of bad news for the Ireland-based airline as the result of a separate ballot involving its domestic pilots is due to be announced on Friday.

More to follow…