Ryanair expects its flights from Ireland to operate as normal on 24 and 25 August after an Irish High Court judgement today preventing a planned 48h stoppage by pilots.

In a tweet, Ryanair says it welcomes the ruling and has called on pilots represented by the Forsa union to return to mediation.

Forsa members had earlier this month voted in favour of the strike, one of several industrial threats hanging over the pan-European budget carrier this summer.

Ryanair has similarly applied for a court injunction to block strike action planned for the same days by UK pilots represented by the BALPA union. A ruling is still pending from today's hearing.

BALPA had earlier accused the carrier of missing the opportunity to resolve the dispute with UK pilots by seeking the injunction.

"Ryanair pilots in the UK have a serious dispute with their company which will not be resolved by raising legal technicalities in the High Court," said BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton. "It means all the time that could have been used to try to find a resolution will now be spent preparing for the court action."

Source: FlightGlobal.com