Ryanair today reported progress in averting possible further strike action by cabin crew.

The no-frills carrier revealed that its directly employed cabin crew in Spain have voted by a majority of 99% in favour of a recognition agreement with two local unions – Sitcpla and USO

“The airline and Sitcpla and USO are now progressing a collective labour agreement which they both hope to conclude on/before April 30,” the airline said in a statement this morning.

The two Spanish cabin crew unions called for three days of strikes in early January as part of a dispute over working conditions although these were subsequently suspended to allow for negotiations to continue.

Ryanair was forced to cancel 250 flights in September affecting 35,000 passengers due to protests by unions in countries across Europe.

This followed a co-ordinated walk-out in September and disruption to 600 flights in July by cockpit and cabin crew staff in Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.