Ryanair launches new Luxembourg-Malta route; restores six aircraft to Dublin base

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed September 11, 2018 16:41

Ryanair launches new Luxembourg-Malta route; restores six aircraft to Dublin base

Ryanair will fly from Luxembourg to Malta, with a twice-weekly service, from April 2019 as part of the airline’s Summer 2019 schedule.

Meanwhile, the Board of Ryanair Holdings decided to restore six Dublin based aircraft which were due to transfer to Poland in November for the winter 2018 schedule.    The related protective notices issued to 300 Dublin pilots and cabin crew in July have also been withdrawn. The airline states that this decision was taken to “respond favourably to the mediation agreement overseen by Mr Kieran Mulvey, which brought an end to five days of unsuccessful but damaging strikes by less than 25% of Ryanair’s Irish based pilots during July and August”.

“The Board of Ryanair thanked independent mediator, Kieran Mulvey for his contribution in finalising an agreement between Ryanair and just 25% of our Irish pilots,” said Ryanair’s Chief People Office, Eddie Wilson. “We regret that mediation became necessary after five days of unsuccessful strikes which, despite causing minimal damage to Ryanair’s schedules, did damage our forward fares and yields to/from Ireland because of the perception of possible disruptions.

“The Board and management of Ryanair are committed to union recognition, and working constructively with our people and their unions to address their reasonable concerns, as long as this does not alter Ryanair’s low cost model or our ability to offer low fares to our customers,” he added.

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed September 11, 2018 16:41