Berlin/Dublin — Ryanair said on Thursday it would invest $400m on establishing hubs for its aircraft at two French airports, returning to heavily unionised France after the airline’s decision to recognise unions. Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, which closed its last hub in France in 2011, has faced several months of strikes as a result of its decision in December to recognise unions. Pilots in Germany are the latest to step up pressure on the carrier over pay and conditions. A German pilots union said its members would strike on Friday, joining action by crews in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. But Ryanair said when it made its announcement on union recognition in December that the decision would help it expand in countries where unions had a strong influence, such as France. On Thursday, the airline said it would base two aircraft in Bordeaux and two more in Marseille, using the airports as a hub to add 27 new routes to its northern summer 2019 schedule. Six...

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