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Stockholm Skavsta and Ryanair hold crisis talks

Stockholm Skavsta Airport and Irish budget airline Ryanair held crisis talks on Monday evening to try to resolve a long running dispute over unpaid bills and limited service, local newspaper Södermanlands Nyheter reports.

Stockholm Skavsta and Ryanair hold crisis talks

Representatives from the airport’s owner TBI Abertis and Ryanair held a summit meeting on Monday to bring an end to their very public falling out.

“From yesterday evening (Monday) we have returned to normal routines. We will continue to negotiate for a couple of weeks, and I think that we will resolve this,” Skavsta Airport chief Dot Gade Kulovuori told the newspaper.

Skavsta Airport, 100 kilometres south of Stockholm, has recently accused the low-cost flyer of not having paid its bills, explaining why the airline has been unable to land late arrivals.

Extra service for the controversial Irish airline had been withdrawn as a result of the alleged absent funds and thus late flights have not been permitted to land.

At the end of last week, two Ryanair flights were delayed and were thus diverted to Stockholm Arlanda Airport as Skavsta Airport had closed its runway claiming that it was holding to the letter of its agreement with the airline and no more.

The Local reported last week that Ryanair had claimed that the closure of the airport’s runway was an illegal move.

Passengers on the Ryanair flight from Malta were diverted the almost 150 kilometres north to Stockholm Arlanda, where they were transferred by coach back to Skavsta.

“It was illegal because we were not outside of the required time limits,” Stephen McNamara told The Local at the time.

But Skavsta chief Dot Gade Kulovuori rejected the accusation contending that the airport was holding its end of the bargain.

“We have previously been more flexible with delays, but now we follow our agreement,” Gade Kulovuori said at the time.

Skavsta Airport has suffered interruptions to service during recent months as a result of heavy snow falls with several Ryanair flights diverted, cancelled or delayed as a result of airport closures.

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Ryanair flights grounded as pilots strike

Ryanair's pilots in Sweden went on strike on August 10th, with several flights cancelled at Skavsta.

Ryanair flights grounded as pilots strike
Ryanair flights cancelled on Friday at Skavsta Airport. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

Pilots in Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands also joined the 24-hour strike over demands for a collective labour agreement and better working conditions and representation.

In Sweden, around 40 Ryanair pilots were striking until midnight between Friday and Saturday.

“Today our members are on strike to demand their rights. For decades Ryanair has refused their employees basic labour rights most employees on the labour market take for granted, but here a strike is necessary to show the airline that it no longer can avoid treating its employees in a dignified manner,” Martin Lindgren, President of the Swedish Pilots' Union, said in a statement.

Twenty-two flights which were due to depart or travel to Skavsta Airport south of Stockholm on Friday.

The airport usually welcomes around 700 travellers for the first few departures of the day, but on Friday morning the building was almost completely empty, news agency TT reported.

“We want to again apologize to customers affected by this unnecessary disruption and we ask the striking unions to continue negotiations instead of calling anymore unjustified strikes,” tweeted Ryanair.

Compensation can be claimed for some cancelled flights but it varies and depends on how much information was given in advance. For journeys under 1500km a maximum of €250 can be claimed (or €400 for flights between 1500 and 3,000km), but in the event that the airline directly warned passengers of their flight cancellation with 15 days' notice, there is no right to request economic compensation. More information can be found here

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