A Sligo TD has called for both sides in the UK pilots dispute at Ryanair to begin talks on finding a solution to the current dispute, for the sake of passengers.

His call comes as Irish passengers face an increasing risk of holiday disruption.

The British Airline Pilots Association says Ryanair pilots in the UK have voted in favour of strike action on 22nd and 23rd August, and again from 2nd-4th September in a row over pay and conditions, while the result of a ballot of Irish pilots is due tomorrow.

Fianna Fáil's Transport and Tourism spokesperson, Sligo TD Marc MacSharry, says the strike by the airlines UK pilots could impact both on Irish passengers travelling abroad, and on incoming visitors, and he's calling for immediate talks to try and resolve the situation....

 

Meanwhile, the reported closure of the Ryanair base at Faro International Airport from next year will not impact on flights between Ireland and Portugal, which will continue to operate as normal, according to a spokesman for Ireland West Airport Knock.

Faro airport serves the Algarve region, which is popular with tourists from Ireland.

Ryanair has not yet confirmed the closure of the Faro base, but said a number of Ryanair bases will be cut or closed this Winter, mainly due to the late delivery of up to 30 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

A Ryanair spokesman said consultations are taking place with people at the affected bases, but no routes will be affected as they will be served by flights from other bases from November, when the Winter schedule starts.

A spokesman for Ireland West Airport Knock told Midwest News this morning that Summer 2020 schedules are expected to be released next month, and they will continue to monitor the situation closely.

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