Ryanair pilots have announced their intention to strike in a row over pay and conditions.

Glasgow holidaymakers travelling with the airline in the coming months could experience major disruption.

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) set the dates for UK-based pilots following an industrial action ballot which closed today.

The vote saw 80% vote in favour of strike action on a 72% turnout.

BALPA members in Ryanair will be asked to take part in two 48 hour-long strikes.

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These will be from 0.01am on August 22 until 11.59pm on August 23, and from 0.01am on September 2 until 11.59pm on September 4.

They say management at Ryanair 'doesn't understand to work with unions'.

Brian Strutton, BALPA general secretary, said “We have had no formal offer from Ryanair and it is imperative that we resolve this dispute urgently to avoid strike action.

"No pilot wants to spoil the public’s travel plans but at the moment it seems we have no choice.”

Ryanair has responded to the plans to strike, and say the action will cause 'unnecessary disruption to customer's holidays and travel plans'.

A statement from the airline reads: "We are disappointed that the pilots union BALPA, is threatening to disrupt our customers travel plans during late August, early September, when it has the support of less than 30% of Ryanair’s UK pilots.

The independent result of BALPA’s ballot shows that less than 50% of Ryanair’s UK pilots are members of BALPA, and of these, just 57% voted in favour of industrial action.

"This is less than 30% of Ryanair’s UK pilots. It is notable that over 70% of Ryanair’s UK pilots are either not members of BALPA, or did not vote in BALPA’s ballot, or voted against industrial action.

"BALPA have no mandate to disrupt our customers holidays and flights, particularly at a time when UK pilots are facing job losses due to the Boeing MAX delivery delays, and the threat of a no-deal Brexit on October 31."
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