In its latest statement Ryanair has now said that it will "change its long standing policy of not recognizing unions in order to avoid any threat of disruption to its customers and its flights from pilot unions during Christmas week".
Impact has this evening suspended a planned one-day strike of Ryanair pilots next Wednesday after company management agreed to recognise the union as the representative of Irish-based pilots.
It has also called on the unions to call off the December 20 strike.
RYANAIR will announce "contingency plans" for passengers facing a 24-hour strike in the run-up to Christmas tomorrow.
Impact, which represents Irish-based pilots, has agreed to meet the low-priced carrier's management on Tuesday evening ahead of the planned strike on Wednesday.
While some unions agreed to suspend action, the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association wanted more clarification.
There could be a breakthrough in attempts to avert Ryanair's first ever pilots' strike.
The British and Italian pilots' unions have agreed to meet in early January.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent, a senior union source insisted the get-together between both sides would have to be before the Wednesday deadline.
The airline's chief operations officer, Peter Bellew, confirmed the planned meetings in a social media post on Saturday, saying "let's keep talking".
German union Vereinigung Cockpit said the onus was now on Ryanair to "prove that this announcement is serious".
It is the only time airline boss Michael O'Leary has extended such an invite to union leaders in the 32 years the company has been in business.
So the ball was back in Ryanair's court, and they released a statement offering to meet on Tuesday.
The carrier admitted it had "messed up" the planning of its pilots' holidays.