ITAA calls for resolution as British Airways and Ryanair pilots threaten strikes

Both British Airways and Ryanair pilots have suggested industrial action over pay conditions.

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) have expressed their concern as  British Airways (BA) pilots propose strike action for August 5th and 23rd. Flights from Dublin to Heathrow will be greatly affected unless a pay agreement is met. Irish-based Ryanair pilots have also expressed interest in balloting for industrial action over pay.


Proposed strike action for this weekend was called off in order for BA pilots to vote on a new pay offer, which will determine if industrial action will take place on August 5th and 23rd. Striking pilots must provide airlines with two weeks notice.

Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA, said, “We are wary that any strike action in August will cause serious disruption for both holidaymakers and corporate travellers as we are still in the busiest travel period of the year.  Any cancellations at this point will result in major consequences, not only for those travelling between Ireland and the UK, but also the many people travelling transatlantic from Heathrow. Holidaymakers with booked accommodation and any connecting travel can incur additional costs with such disruptions.”


He continued, “The ITAA is calling on BA and Ryanair to resolve these internal issues before any strike action takes place. Passengers have seen severe disruptions in the past number of years with Air Traffic Control and pilot strikes and we hope that management of both airlines will do everything possible to avoid any interference with holiday plans.”


Pat Dawson concluded, “In the case of any industrial action resulting from pilot ballots, all of our member travel agents will work to minimise any inconvenience. Those planning to travel with British Airways or Ryanair in the coming weeks should get in contact with their travel agent if any strike is announced.”