Around half of Irish based Ryanair pilots are due to strike days before Christmas in a long running dispute over workers’ rights.
The strike, scheduled for Wednesday 20 December, involves the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association and the IMPACT trade union.
It is unclear at this stage what impact it will have on people travelling home for Christmas but most of the pilots balloted for strike action are captains, without whom planes cannot fly.
The union claims 94% of the directly-employed pilots backed strike action.
However a majority of Ryanair pilots who are either contracted or hired through intermediary arrangements in the Republic of Ireland were not balloted.