Belgian Ryanair pilots will go on strike on 15 and 16 July in demand of higher wages and better working conditions, their union told Belgian broadcaster VRT on Friday 7 July.
Pilots residing in Belgium had given the Irish budget airline until Friday 7 July to reconsider its ideas to reduce the number of rest days for pilots, which they claimed were unlawful.
The pilots also demand higher wages to compensate for inflation.
The strike could potentially affect around 140 flights from Charleroi airport at the height of the summer holiday season.
It is, however, unclear yet how many pilots will join the strike and how many flights will need to be cancelled.
Ryanair Aiming For At Least 50% Growth In East, Central Europe
The above news follows last month's news that Ryanair expects passenger numbers in central and eastern Europe (CEE) to surge by at least 50% over the next decade, the airline's manager for the region said, as it looks to dominate in a less-developed market also targeted by Wizz Air.
Europe's biggest low cost carrier has ordered as many as 300 Boeing jets as it seeks to take advantage of the rebound in air traffic following the COVID-19 pandemic and the company sees demand for new routes in eastern Europe.
"We want to focus very much on this region," Alicja Wojcik-Golebiowska, the CEE and Baltics country manager for Ryanair told Reuters in an interview. "We see that this is going to be a large part of our upcoming expansion."