Meeting under way between Ryanair and pilots ahead of strike

CABIN CREW STRIKE Up to a quarter of flights to or from Spain could be affected

It said those flying with Ryanair on Friday who have not been contacted should expect their flight to go ahead.

A two-hour meeting Is under way between Ryanair and representatives of the Irish Airline Pilots' Association part of the Fórsa union.

Holidaymakers face further disruption on Friday after Ryanair was forced to cancel 24 flights because of a strike by directly employed pilots.

Fliers were also provided with details about how to secure a refund or change their cancelled flight.

However Niall Shanahan of Fórsa said there is a "small window of opportunity" for industrial action scheduled for next Tuesday, 24 July, to be cancelled or postponed.

The dispute is over base transfers, promotions, leave and various other issues. "We've offered to set up a working committee to explain all..."

"We are cancelling flights on high frequency routes from Ireland to London and other United Kingdom province destinations where customers can transfer readily to other flights", Ryanair said in a tweeted statement", it added.

Ryanair has more than 250 self-employed pilots which allows the airline to operate most of its routes during the strikes.

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