A series of planned one-day strikes called by Portuguese cabin crew union SNPVAC (National Union of Civil Aviation Personnel) is threatening Ryanair service to Portugal over the upcoming Easter holiday.

Ryanair said some flights were canceled and others disrupted March 29 after members of the SNPVAC cabin crew union went on the first of three planned one-day strikes over working conditions, a move the Irish LCC called “unnecessary and unjustified.”  

“The vast majority of our Portuguese crews are working normally this morning [March 29],” Ryanair said in a statement. “A small number of first wave flights from Portugal suffered minor disruptions. Just three first wave flights were canceled, but these customers are being re-accommodated on extra flights operating this morning from Ryanair bases outside Portugal, flying into Porto and Faro.”

The next two strikes are set for Easter Sunday April 1 and April 4. Easter is a long weekend holiday in most European countries and a major vacation travel period.

Ryanair’s uneasy relationship with its workforce has been in the spotlight since the September 2017 pilot leave scheduling debacle, which in turn caused thousands of flight cancellations. Consequently, the company is taking the unexpected step of increasingly recognizing unions across Europe, having previously refused to negotiate with them.

Helen Massy-Beresford, helen.massy-beresford@aviationweek.co.uk