According to Ryanair, all hotels in Malaga were crowded. So the crew had to spend the night at the airport.(Photo: imago / aviation floor)
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Six Ryanair crew members have to stay overnight at Malaga airport due to a storm. The airline does not notice hotel accommodation. In protest, the crew falls asleep on the ground – and is now released for action.
Ryanair would have released six crew members for allegedly presented photos. They backed the "false claim" with the "false photo", had to sleep on the ground, said the Irish airline. The allegation, which was adopted by many international media outlets, undermined Ryanair's reputation, it said in the statement.
The Twitter photo of the six Portugal-based crew, lying flat on the ground at Malaga airport, caused a stir in October. In fact, those affected said they simply lay on the ground for the photo.
In the unions, layoffs were met with strong criticism. The photo was a legitimate way of protesting against working conditions. No one from the crew, but a stranger, posted on social networks, Portuguese union news agency Lusa told Portuguese news agency SNPVAC boss Luicana Passo.
All hotels are full
According to her, on October 14, 24 crew had to spend the night at Malaga airport due to a storm. They were initially housed in the team room, where there were only eight chairs. At six o'clock in the morning, they moved into the customers' VIP room.
After the photo on Twitter, Ryanair CEO Peter Bellew apologized to the crew. All hotels in Malaga were booked, he explained. However, the Spanish union SITCPLA doubted that Bellews knew that in a tourist fortress like Malaga and its surroundings, in the low season, there were no rooms.