Great news for anyone who has Ryanair flights booked over the Christmas period.
The airline's pilots called off their strike last night (Dec 17), after management agreed to recognise the IMPACT trade union as their representatives.
The planned strike was expected to begin in just two days and go for five consecutive days over the holidays, so it was touch and go whether customers would make it home for Christmas, given their flights could have been cancelled at any moment.
Ryanair’s chief operations officer Peter Bellew confirmed on twitter that strikes by pilots on Dublin and Portugal were now cancelled, adding 'lets get folks quietly home over Xmas.'
Dublin Ryanair pilot strike cancelled by Impact Union for Wednesday. Talks start Tuesday evening. Let's get folks back home quietly for Xmas. Good to talk.
— Peter Bellew (@peterbellew) December 17, 2017
Last night, the union said it looked forward to establishing a “positive relationship” with Ryanair management. It also said it had agreed to meet management on Tuesday evening, but was available to meet them sooner if requested.