Ryanair pilots' strike

Ryanair and BA strikes help EasyJet

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EasyJet said its results for the year have been helped by strikes at Ryanair and British Airways.

"EasyJet has continued to perform in line with expectations, despite challenging market conditions," the airline's boss, Johan Lundgren, said in a statement.

He said "increased demand due to disruption at British Airways and Ryanair" meant full year profits for 2019 were likely to be between £420m and £430m.

'Ryanair running on contractors and foreign crews'

Passengers wait to board a Ryanair plane

Ryanair has been forced to draft in contractors and crews from other countries to ensure its planes continue to take off despite a three-day walkout by UK-based pilots, the union responsible for the strike has said.

"The union is pleased this action has disrupted Ryanair while having minimal impact on the public, saying the dispute is not with them," The British Airline Pilots’ Association said in a statement.

“We hope this second round of walk-outs will signal the resolve of our members," the union's general secretary, Brian Strutton, said.

“Ryanair pilots simply want to bring about change in the company that will ensure its workforce are entitled to benefits that are seen across aviation in many other companies.

Air travel can seem a 'bit of a lottery'

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Ryanair pilots go on strike today in what has been a disruptive late summer for air passengers.

A computer failure hitting French air traffic control at the weekend was just the latest in a series of incidents to hit travellers.

"Consumers have had to put up with a lot of things this summer," Tim Jeans, chair of Newquay Airport tells Five live's Wake Up to Money.

"It must seem to passengers that travelling by air is a bit of a lottery."

Looking to the government's spending review this week, he says: "At the moment there are two big transport projects everyone will be watching; that is around the future of HS2 (rail project) and runway three at Heathrow.

"What we are looking for in the transport sector are firm decisions."

Ryanair issues statement on pilot strikes

People waiting to board a Ryanair flight

Today is the second day of strikes by UK-based Ryanair pilots, and the budget airline has issued a statement providing an update.

The airline says that flights scheduled on Friday morning have so far taken off with 97% punctuality, with a few small delays from air traffic control.

"We do not expect any disruptions to our flights to/from our UK airports today," said Ryanair.

On Thursday, the airline says that all 892 scheduled flights were completed, and over 91% of the flights arrived on time.

The BBC understands that on Thursday Ryanair's UK-based pilots took on extra shifts, and they were aided by some external UK pilots, as well as British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) union members turning up for their shifts.

Flights normal, says Ryanair, amid pilots' strike

Ryanair flight

Ryanair flights in and out of UK airports took off as normal this morning despite strikes by pilots, the airline has said.

Thousands of passengers were braced for disruption ahead of a 48-hour walkout over pay and conditions.

On Wednesday, Ryanair lost a last-ditch legal challenge to stop the strikes.

But the no-frills carrier has said it will aim to minimise disruption for passengers and will be able to run its "full schedule of flights".

Ryanair UK pilot strikes to go ahead today

Ryanair passengers board plane

Ryanair failed in its legal bid to stop UK pilots from striking Thursday and Friday - which will mean difficulties for some travellers.

The airline said it would aim to minimise disruption for passengers and would be able to run its "full schedule of flights".

However, it said it could not rule out some delays.

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Ryanair verdict still to come in

Despite that earlier decision in the High Court in Dublin regarding proposed strikes at Ryanair, there is still no decision from the High Court in London.

The airline was successful in getting a strike by pilots based on Irish soil scrubbed out, but arguments are still being mulled over with regard to the UK-arm of the proposed industrial action.

As soon as we hear something the business website will bring you the news.