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11 August 2018, 06:39 | Kelvin Horton
Kenny Jacobs Ryanair’s chief marketing officer at a news conference in Germany yesterdayRALPH ORLOWSKI REUTERS
But the figure could rise to 82 flights if routes between the Dutch city of Eindhoven and the Spanish cities of Reus and Valencia are finally canceled, after a court said on Thursday that Dutch pilots may join the walkout.
Another customer said she would miss work meetings and a doctor's appointment due to a cancelled flight.
In response to unions serving strike notices, Ryanair had announced the cancellations of 250 flights in and out of Germany, 104 to and from Belgium and another 42 in Sweden and its home market of Ireland, where around a quarter of its pilots were staging their fifth 24-hour walkout.
The Ireland-based budget airline said the industrial action was "regrettable and unjustified" and called for unions to return to the negotiating table.
"They tweeted: "£ryanair cancelled my flight in the last min because of pilots strike. Irish pilots have held four strike days. But a court said yesterday Ryanair pilots in the Netherlands could not be prevented from doing so.
Customers were notified as early as possible and a majority of those affected had already been moved to another Ryanair flight, the airline added.
Irish-based Ryanair is Europe's largest low-priced airline.
Another key complaint of workers based in countries other than Ireland is the fact that Ryanair employs them under Irish legislation, arguing most of its employees work on Irish planes.
It's perhaps one of the most disheartening feelings in the world when you've spent your hard earned cash, done your holiday shopping and told everyone and their dog that you're off to spend a holiday in the sun, to then be told that lift-off isn't quite ready to happen.
Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair marketing director, called the strike "useless", and said that Ryanair pilots are paid better than their counterparts at competitor airlines Easyjet or Norwegian.
Ryanair has repeatedly said it remained open to further talks with pilot representatives.
It has already threatened to move part of its Dublin fleet to Poland, which could cost 300 jobs, including 100 pilot positions.
"We want to again apologize to customers affected by this unnecessary disruption and we ask the striking unions to continue negotiations instead of calling anymore unjustified strikes", tweeted Ryanair.
But some people took to Twitter to complain at how Ryanair handled the debacle after their flights were canceled.
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