Daily Express - 23.08.2019

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Daily Express Friday, August 23, 2019 9




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BUDGET airline Ryanair
shrugged off a pilot
strike yesterday and
claimed to be avoiding
predicted Bank Holiday
weekend chaos.
It reported 97 per cent
punctuality for its first
departures and arrivals at
UK airports, blaming the
few delays on air traffic
control issues.
Ryanair failed on
Wednesday in a last-ditch
High Court bid to stop the
48-hour walkout by pilots
belonging to the Balpa
union. There were fears
this could disrupt the
weekend travel plans of
up to 250,000 passengers
The strike is backed by
about 350 of Ryanair’s
1,250 UK-based pilots.

However, the airline
succeeded in blocking
a simultaneous strike by
Ireland-based Ryanair
pilots in a Dublin court
fight. Yesterday Ryanair
said: “All flights to and
from UK airports departed
as scheduled today, with
92 per cent punctuality
(due to some ATC delays).
“We do not expect any
disruptions to our flights
to/from our UK airports
for the rest of the day.”
Leaked documents
show that Ryanair pilots
already enjoy a package
of about £158,000 and
want a rise of up to 121
per cent for 2021.
But Balpa general
secretary Brian Strutton
dismissed the leaked pay
figures as “simply
ridiculous, bumped up,
fictitious spin”.
Meanwhile, more than
100,000 Royal Mail
workers are to be balloted
for strikes over issues
including job security
and terms and conditions
of employment.
Members of the
Communication Workers
Union (CWU) will vote
from September 24, with
the result due in the first
week of October.

Ryanair faced few delays


By John Ingham

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Beach lovers at

Sunseekers on the beach at
Weymouth, Dorset, yesterday

where 87.8F (31C) is most likely.
“By Monday the higher tempera-
tures will likely become confined to
the South-east of England where
temperatures into the low 30s
could again occur – which
would set a new record.”
The late August bank
holiday record tem-
perature stands at
82.7F (28.2C).
This weekend
Asda expects sales
of barbecues to
rocket by 160 per
cent, paddling pools
to soar by 115 per
cent, an 80 per cent rise
in burger sales and for

people to purchase enough tubs of
ice-cream to stretch from Brighton
to Dundee.
Figures show record numbers are
choosing to holiday at
home with Britons
taking a record 15.4-
million domestic
holidays in the
UK between
January and
April – up nine
per cent on the
same period
last year. Fam-

ilies also favour short
breaks of one to three
nights with 6.4million more
of these being booked than a dec-
ade ago. Tourism is now worth
£127billion to the UK economy.
Tourism Minister Rebecca Pow
said: “It’s wonderful to see a record
number of Brits are planning a stay-
cation this bank holiday. The UK is
the best place to holiday in the world.
There is truly something for every-
one. Tourism makes a massive contri-
bution to the UK economy and I’m
thrilled that so many people will be
enjoying and exploring destinations
across the nation this weekend.”
Traditional seaside towns such as
Bournemouth, Blackpool, Weston-

super-Mare, Cromer
and Margate are
expected to be especially
popular this weekend while
attractions such as Stonehenge, the
Tower of London and Chester Zoo
will be extremely busy.
Kate Andrews, of the Institute of
Economic Affairs, said: “When it
comes to consumer choice, there is
no better year to be alive than 2019.
“Whether you’re enjoying a stay-
cation in the beautiful English coun-
tryside, or jetting off on a discount
flight to Europe, affordable travel has
enabled people in all income brack-
ets to more easily venture outside
their hometowns to enjoy other areas
of the UK, or indeed the world.”
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