Ryanair has confirmed it will be forced to cancel 300 daily flights to Belgium, Portugal and Spain next week, during a two-day strike by cabin crew over pay and conditions.

The carrier said that the strike action on Wednesday July 25 and Thursday July 26 will affect 50,000 customers each day, with 200 flights to and from Spain being cancelled on both days, as well as 50 to and from Portugal, and another 50 to and from Belgium.

The figures represent around 12 per cent of Ryanair’s daily customers, which the carrier says have been offered refunds or alternative flights during the seven days prior or following the strike action.

Commenting on the news Ryanair spokesperson Kenny Jacobs said yesterday:

“Ryanair sincerely apologises to our customers for these disruptions which we have done our utmost to avoid.

“Given that Ryanair cabin crew enjoy great pay-up to €40,000 p.a. (in countries with high youth unemployment) – industry leading rosters (14 days off each month), great sales commissions, uniform allowances and sick pay, these strikes are entirely unjustified and will achieve nothing other than to disrupt family holidays, and benefit competitor airlines in Belgium, Portugal and Spain.

“All affected customers have been contacted by email and SMS text message earlier today and we will re-accommodate or refund all of those whose flights have been disrupted.”