Ryanair’s efforts to avoid further damaging strikes have taken significant strides forward with cabin crew recognition deals in four countries.

The latest agreement involves the German cabin crew union Verdi to cover all the no-frills carrier’s flight attendants based in the country.

The agreement remains subject to a cabin crew ballot but confirms the application of German labour law to Ryanair’s cabin crew.

It delivers pay increases and other benefits for all Ryanair German-based cabin crew over the next two years, according to the airline.

Ryanair also confirmed that 88% of its Italian cabin crew have voted in favour of a collective labour agreement (CLA) signed recently between Ryanair and the three main cabin crew unions in the country.,

The agreement in Italy provides pay and benefit improvements and runs for three years.

Ryanair has also signed new recognition deals with cabin crew unions in Greece and Sweden in the past week.

The airline will now work with the unions on long term collective labour agreements to cover cabin crew in Greece and Sweden.

Ryanair chief people officer Eddie Wilson said: “We are pleased to sign this collective labour agreement with Verdi, which will lead to pay improvements and other benefits for our German based cabin crew, subject to them voting in favour of this agreement over the coming week.

“This follows a very successful CLA ballot in Italy and recent cabin crew recognition agreements in Greece and Sweden.

“These are further concrete signs of the substantial progress Ryanair is making in concluding agreements with our people and their unions in many different EU countries.”