Catalonia sees more flight cancellations as Ryanair cabin crew continue strike

As of 1 pm, four flights from Barcelona airport were canceled, while there were also 19 delays

Passengers who have had flights canceled queue at the Ryanair help desk in Barcelona airport (by Àlex Recolons)
Passengers who have had flights canceled queue at the Ryanair help desk in Barcelona airport (by Àlex Recolons) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

July 14, 2022 09:43 AM

Ryanair cabin crew resumed their strike against what they consider to be the company's poor working conditions on Thursday, causing further cancellations and delays in Catalonia.

As of 1 pm, four flights had been canceled at the Barcelona El Prat airport to and from Palma de Mallorca and Rome Fiumicino. Another 19 flights - 11 departures and 8 arrivals - were also delayed.

As of 1 pm, there have been 2 delayed arrivals in the northern Catalan airport of Girona.

The strike is set to last until July 28 except for the weekends of July 16 to 17 and 22 to 24 and has been called for all ten airports in Spain where the Irish airline operates, including Barcelona and Girona.

This week and on other days of strike action from Ryanair cabin crew, scores of flights were called off across Catalonia and the continent. Wednesday saw six cancellations and more than 50 delays. 

On Friday it will coincide with the Easyjet strike as staff members are set to stop working on July 15 to 17 and 29 to 31.


The USO and Sitcpla unions argue that Ryanair employees are treated like "third-class workers" and call on the company to comply with "basic labor rights and court rulings." 

According to them, the low-cost airline should sit down to negotiate "a collective agreement and decent working conditions for all staff."

"Ryanair is the only international company in our country without a collective workers' agreement," Lidia Arasanz, the USO trade union secretary general at Ryanair.

On July 14, the USO union denounced that Ryanair had fired seven cabin crew members since the start of the strikes. Out of these, two workers are from Barcelona, another one from the Girona airport, three from the Malagan airport, and one from Santiago de Compostela's airport. 

The union considers the measure of silencing the protest as they "have not obeyed the airline's illegal rules," a statement from the USO union read. 

On May 31, the Irish company reached an agreement with the CCOO union regarding pay and working conditions that was rejected by USO and Sitcpla, as they point out that the agreement only applies to workers who are affiliated with the CCOO trade union but the majority of Ryanair cabin crew are affiliated with USO and Sitcpla. 

They also claim that many of the conditions agreed upon are actually based on court rulings won against the company, such as the salary increase of €1,000 in 2022 and €800 for 2023, as well as the fixed schedule of 5 days' work and three days' rest.

"In addition to negotiating an agreement without the unions representing staff, Ryanair is still not applying Spanish labor law," a USO statement adds, detailing that cabin crew are still not entitled to bank holidays in lieu, they have problems requesting a reduction in working hours, they do not receive salaries in the legally required format, and they cannot drink water on planes.