Ryanair cabin crew in Spain are expected to take industrial action on ten days this month. The threat follows news that the airline plans to close its bases in Las Palmas and Tenerife on January 8, with Girona on the Costa Blanca and Faro in Portugal to follow later,

Unions representing the cabin staff have accused Ryanair of “abusive conduct.” It says their members are “unjustified victims” of a company which wants to increase profits by laying-off staff while in the process of recruiting staff elsewhere.

Ryanair blames the “uncertainty” created by Brexit causing growth to slow, and the late delivery of 30 new 373 MAX aircraft which were expected for the summer season. It says staff will be dismissed later this month and after Christmas.

As Soltalk went to press, the ten dates for the September stoppages at Las Palmas, Tenerife and Girona were given by the unions as Sunday 1, Monday 2, Friday 6 and Sunday 8. More action is planned for Friday 13, Sunday 15, Friday 20, Sunday 22, Friday 27 and Saturday 28. Staff shortages are anticipated at all 13 Ryanair bases in Spain as a result. Passengers are advised to check latest flight news before travelling.