BERLIN – Ryanair pilots and flight attendants began a 24-hour strike in Germany early Wednesday, forcing the Irish low-cost airline to cancel 150 of the 400 flights scheduled during the day.
Cologne Bonn Airport said 20 of the 56 scheduled flights had been canceled while the Verdi trade union said five of the ten flights scheduled at Frankfurt Airport will not operate.
The union said the strike turnout was high at Berlin Schönefeld Airport.
Around 400 pilots and 1,000 flight attendants have been called out on strike by the German Airline Pilots Association (Vereinigung Cockpit) and Verdi between 3:01 am Wednesday and 2:59 am Thursday, demanding better working conditions and pay.
Ryanair called the strike unnecessary and said it was engaged in negotiations with the unions.
Talks held last week failed to yield any result.
Ryanair’s main bases in Germany are at the airports at Frankfurt, Berlin and Weeze, in the Lower Rhine region, although the airline operates at a total of 19 airports.
During the strike held by Ryanair pilots in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden on Aug.10, the airline was forced to cancel 400 flights, affecting around 55,000 passengers.