Ryanair to cancel 40-50 flights per day for six weeks

Ryanair to cancel 40-50 flights per day for six weeks

Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs said: 'We will cancel 40 to 50 flights daily for the next six weeks, (less than 2% of our schedule) with a slightly higher number this weekend as we begin to implement these cancellations.

It says this is because of increased holiday allocations to pilots and cabin crew.

The operator has apologised to customers and said that it would help to arrange alternative flights or full refunds.

The airline announced the plan on Friday, saying that it was "unacceptable" that its punctuality had fallen below 80 per cent in the first half of September, BBC reported.

Maria Joanna Suquitana said guests heading to her brother's wedding in Italy had their flights cancelled hours before departure.

The Irish Travel Agents Association said it is extremely concerned over the cancellation of flights at short notice and demanded the airline come clean.

Flights are operating as usual for customers who haven't received emailed communication from the carrier, Europe's biggest discount airline said in an update Saturday. "Please check the email address used to make your booking".

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Cancelled my flight for Thursday.

The budget airline says the measure is created to improve punctuality, which has fallen below 80pc in the first two weeks of September.

The cause of this, and the reason for dozens of daily flights being cancelled between now and the end of October, is staff holiday requests.

Ryanair said it operated a "record schedule and traffic numbers" during July and August, the Telegraph reported, but was required to provide annual leave to pilots and cabin crew in September and October.

In a move that will disappoint, dismay and confuse passengers - while hitting European airport commercial providers heavily - this new initiative is expected to impact around 9,000 passengers a day [based on TRBusiness' generous estimate of 180 passengers x 50 flights].

The move could affect up to 285,000 passengers, who will be offered alternative flights or refunds.

Tweets included: "Flight not yet cancelled but holiday ruined before going due to uncertainty". Compensation may also be payable depending on the notice period Ryanair has given you.

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