Ryanair to cancel hundreds of flights due to employee vacation time

Ivan Schwartz
September 17, 2017

Ryanair made the shock announcement yesterday that it will be cancelling between forty and fifty of its flights daily for the next six weeks.

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

A pinned tweet on Ryanair's official Twitter account states travelers whose flights have been canceled as a result of the decision will be notified by email.

Up to 50 flights daily will be scrapped up til the end of October, but thousands of customers are in the dark as to whether theirs are among them.

In a statement issued this morning, Ryanair said that "Flights are operating as scheduled unless an email confirming a cancellation has been received".

"Cancellation notices for flights cancelled up to and including Wednesday 20 September have been sent to affected customers and we will continue to send regular updates".

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].

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"Ryanair's on-time performance has declined from 90% to under 80% over the past two weeks, a figure that is unacceptable to Ryanair and its customers", it says. This move might affect as many as 285,000 of its passengers who are going to be offered an alternative flight or a complete refund.

She wrote: "We've shelled out five times our original flight price for last minute, incredibly overpriced flights with another airline as your next available flights were on the day we're due to fly back".

It claims less than two per cent of flights will be cancelled, but passengers have expressed their fury over late cancellations.

If you were booked on a flight that has been cancelled, you might be eligible for flight compensation too.

Ryanair's head of communications, Robin Kiely said: "We will be doing our utmost to arrange alternative flights and/or full refunds".

The Commission said: "Compensation may also be payable depending on the notice period Ryanair has given you".

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