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If you're headed to the airport, you may want to look away now.

Ryanair pilots in Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands are staging a 24-hour strike over pay and conditions.

The industrial action taken by the five European countries has been described as the largest walkout for the airline.

Consequently, around 15 percent of Ryanair's flight schedule has experienced disruptions. 

Ryanair said they were forced to cancel 250 flights to and from Germany, on Friday, August 10.

However, there is good news for those flying in and out of the Netherlands.

The low-cost airline said their schedule for August 10 will operate as normal. 

In a morning tweet update, the airline stated that 2,000 flights will take off and will carry almost 400,000 passengers today.

AFP is reporting that a total of around 400 flights have been cancelled throughout Europe.

This means an estimated 55,000 passengers will be impacted, according to the news agency.

Understandably, passengers who are bearing the brunt of the cancellations have expressed their grievances on Twitter.

One user wrote: "Hi Ryanair my flight from Rome Ciampino to London Stansted has been cancelled. There's no information and no staff to be seen at the airport. I'm stuck at the gate. Some information (food and compensation) would be great!"

Another Twitter account posted a video of a number of people awaiting delayed luggage in the early hours of the morning.

The user tweeted "Can you explain [to] all of us (people from seven different flights) why, after a two hour plus delay, we have been waiting for another hour and a half for our luggage? At 2 am? Are you serious?" 

Ryanair have been attempting to manage pilot strikes throughout Europe since early July.

The airline has requested striking unions to "continue negotiations."

We hope if you're flying with Ryanair, you get to go on your holibobs.

A good cocktail and some sunshine will soon make you forget your travel stress.

If you're one of the unlucky ones – enjoy your wine, angry tweets and a good cry. 

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With strong winds, heavey rain and a risk of structural damage and flooding, experts have warned that Hurricane Ophelia will bring one of the worst storms to hit Ireland in 50 years.

It is not yet known what impact the conditons will haveon the country's air traffic, though one airline isn't taking any chances and has already pulled all its flights coming in and out of Ireland on Monday.

KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) have offered customers two options – full refund or rebook. Though they say some passengers may have to wait up to a week before receiving an alternative flight.

Anyone who is worried about the status of their flight can find out more details here.

Irish Ferries have also cancelled some of its services between Dublin and Holyhead, while Iarnrod Eireann has advised passenger to check its website for updates.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that the Department of Education has informed all schools in counties where a Status Red weather warning is in place, to close on Monday.

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Travel chaos looks set to continue as Ryanair announce it will continue to cancel flights until March 2018.

The airline confirmed today that it will fly 25 fewer aircraft this winter, resulting in schedule changes from November 2017 to March 2018.

"We have less than 400,000 customers booked on these flights and many of these flights have zero bookings at this time," a statement read.

"Less than 1% of the 50m customers Ryanair will carry this winter are affected and every one of these customers has received an email today giving them between five weeks to five months notice of these schedule changes, offering them alternative flights or full refunds of their airfare."

The news comes after the budget airline announced it will cancel 50 flights a day over the next six weeks after it mismanaged its employee holiday rota.

The company has apologised for any disruption caused and says all affected passengers have been contacted.

“We sincerely apologise to those customers who have been affected by last week’s flight cancellations, or these sensible schedule changes announced today,” Michael O'Leary said.

"All of the passengers who have been affected by these disruptions have now been offered re-accommodation or full refunds and their applicable €261 entitlements. In addition today, they are receiving a travel voucher (€40 one way/€80 return)."

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Ireland's aviation commission say Ryanair must offer its customers an alternative flight or a full refund if a service is cancelled.

Last week, the budget airline announced that it would cancel up to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks after it mismanaged its employee holiday rota.

The company have so far released details of cancellations up to and including Wednesday, September 20, however, there are now calls for management to publish the full list of cancelled flights as customer's frustration begins to grow.

Ireland's Commission for Aviation Regulation is due to meet to discuss the ongoing situation and say it expects some passengers will be entitled to compensation.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that the airline company have lost up to 140 pilots in the last to low-cost competitor Norweigian Air, though Ryanair bosses deny these claims.

A list of all published flight cancellations can be found here.

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