Ryanair endured its worst one-day strike on Friday after a walk-out by pilots in five European countries disrupted the plans of an estimated 55,000 travelers with the budget airline.
The Irish-based company, which has faced a string of strikes recently, said in a statement, "Despite the regrettable and unjustified strike action taking place in 5 of our 37 markets on Friday, over 2,000 Ryanair flights (85 percent of our schedule) will operate as normal".
A spokesperson said: "Ryanair fully complies with all EU261 legislation, however as these flight cancellations were caused by extraordinary circumstances, no compensation is due".
As far as the strike's impact in Sweden is concerned, Ryanair cancelled 22 flights to and from Sweden.
Dutch pilots' union VNV also called for a strike on Friday, after Ryanair said it was going to court on Thursday to try to prevent the Dutch pilots from striking over the summer.
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Note the Association of the Cockpit with January 2018 and is negotiating with the leadership of the Irish airline, achieving the conclusion of the first tariff agreements with Ryanair and wages.
Ryanair built its low-priced business model without unions but said previous year it would recognize them.
In June Ryanair signed an agreement with the Unite union, giving hundreds of cabin crew employees full consultation rights and collective bargaining.
The strikes are over a broad range of issues based around pay and conditions for the pilots.
DW reporter Lars Halter at Berlin-Schönefeld airport said the situation was "very calm".
But Ryanair pilots say they earn less than counterparts at other airlines like Lufthansa.
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Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said Ryanair still wanted to grow in Germany and it was too early to say if the strike in Germany would hurt bookings.
He added that Ryanair categorically ruled out any such increases at talks.
More than 70,000 holidaymakers are set to face holiday hell today as Ryanair staff stage a huge Europe-wide strike..
The organisation rubbished Ryanair's claim that the strikes were a case of force majeure, and said under European Union legislation passengers were entitled to between 250 and 600 euros ($285-$690) in compensation payouts.
Customers affected by the cancellations should have been notified by email and SMS text message yesterday and advised of their options of a refund, free move onto the next available flight or reroute.
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