Ryanair has been hit by a cabin crew member strike for months. (Reuters)
Ryanair said on Wednesday that he had fired six members of the cabin crew who had photographed themselves to simulate their sleep on the floor at Spanish airport Malaga as part of a protest against the conditions.
A low-cost carrier said staff was dropped due to setting up a "fake photo that supports a false claim (in large numbers reported by international media) that they are" forced to sleep on the floor "in the Malage visit room."
He added that it damaged the reputation of the airline, just as Ryanair was engaged in the fight with members of the European cabin crew, as well as different governments about working conditions and allegations that he neglected the laws on national work.
The trade unions said that on October 14, when storms broke out in southern Spain and Portugal, more than 20 cab members had to spend the night at Malaga Airport.
They were put into the Rianair crew room overnight, and then moved to a VIP lounge that are usually used by clients around six in the morning, both equipped with chairs or sofas, said the Spanish union SITCPLA cabin crew.
During this period, six Portuguese officials decided to lie on the floor for a photo in protest of being captured as inadequate accommodation.
Chief Operating Officer of Ryanair Peter Belle apologized on Twitter, saying that "all hotels were fully booked in Malaga".
"I apologize for a visit we could not find accommodation."
Luciana Passo, head of the Portuguese SNPVAC union, admitted that it was a protest photo. "There were 24 crew members in a room with eight chairs," she told local news agency Lusi.
"Some of them decided to show their outrage by lying on the floor while the rest of the chairs were taken, and one person, who was not a crew member, decided to publish a photo on social media and eventually fired."
SITCPLA has in the meantime raised the question of whether it was really impossible to find hotels in a tourist magnet like Malaga and its surroundings in the south of Spain, especially in the low seasons of October.
Ryanair has been hit by a cabin crew member strike for months. This forced the airline to begin to recognize some cabin and pilot unions, as it seems to avoid further shutdowns.
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