Ryanair has confirmed that its pilots in Italy have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new collective labour agreement which was negotiated and signed between Ryanair and the Italian Airline Pilots Association earlier this month.

The company has welcomed this first pilot collective labour agreement in one of its largest EU markets. The vote in Italy comes shortly after Irish union FORSA has signed, and recommended, a mediation agreement to Ryanair's pilots in Ireland.

Ryanair's Chief People Officer, Eddie Wilson said the hope is that the vote in Italy will be followed by a similar agreement in Ireland. "We have invited our UK, German and Spanish unions to meet with us in the coming days so that we can negotiate and hopefully agree similar pilot CLAs in these other larger markets," Mr Wilson said. "These agreements demonstrate the real progress being made by Ryanair in its negotiations with its pilots and their unions across different EU markets."