Ryanair decided to fly 100% of its planned flights in Spain on Friday, the first day for strike by cabin crew (TCP). This was despite the strikes that were announced. According to union sources, this Friday's flight schedule included 438 flights by Spanish crew. All of these flights have been notified as minimum service. The company also summoned 80% more staff than usual to perform "imaginary" shifts, which are those that take place at the airport.
The USO and Sitcpla unions called for a strike to improve the conditions at the TCP. It took place on June 24, 25, 26, and 30, and July 1, 2, at the ten Spanish bases of the airline. According to the Ministry of Transport, the strike will impact 2,649 operations and approximately 440,000 passengers in ten Spanish airports. Minimum services were established that could allow for up to 82% of scheduled flights.
The unions claim that Ryanair is "manifestly failing" to comply with the minimum service decree issued by ministry. Ryanair wants to operate 100% of scheduled flight. Ernesto Iglesias (Flight of the USO Air Sector) criticized the company's decision. "They have severely curtailed and completely curtailed our right of strike." Iglesias said that the company's decision to reduce minimum services for around 80% of flights was "abusive". He also described the arguments as "as bizarre" as the NATO Summit in Madrid the week after.
If this situation continues, the strike won't have any impact on flights leaving Spain. Only those flights that are bound for Belgium will be affected. There is no law in place to guarantee minimum services, and Ryanair is forced to cancel hundreds of flights. Ryanair has had to cancel 127 flights from Charleroi (south-west of Brussels) since Friday. This is where the majority of its activity is concentrated.