Ryanair crew in Eindhoven strike over base closure, impact unclear

Ryanair cabin crew based at Eindhoven airport are going on strike on Tuesday in protest at the Irish budget airline’s plans to close its southern Dutch base,

However, passengers are unlikely to notice much impact because Ryanair usually brings in crews from outside to make sure all the flights go ahead, news agency ANP reported. The airport’s website says there may be some cancellations or delays.

Ryanair said at the beginning of October it is closing its Eindhoven base, which currently operates four planes, but said ‘most routes to and from Eindhoven will continue on overseas based aircraft’.

Some 50 or so pilots and 150 cabin crew are based in Eindhoven and the airline offers 155 flights from the airport per week.

The announcement was made as Ryanair issued a profit warning, cutting the forecast from €1.25bn – €1.35bn, to a new range of €1.10bn – €1.20bn. The new figure is due to the summer strikes as well as higher oil prices, the airline said in a statement.

Update: Ryanair told DutchNews.nl in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that ‘all of our Eindhoven flights are operating as normal, all of our crews reported for duty and we look forward to carrying all of our Eindhoven customers today.’

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