Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

RyanAir is Canceling Hundreds of Flights Right Now

RyanAir is Canceling Hundreds of Flights Right Now

Ryanair also said the cancellations, which amount to 2pc of its network, won't have an impact on earnings in September and October.

As well as air traffic control strikes and weather disruption, the airline said the decision was taken to meet a requirement for holiday time for its crews following the introduction of a new roster structure as required by regulators.

The move is created to improve "system-wide punctuality" which the airline admitted had fallen below 80 per cent in the first two weeks of September, through a combination of air traffic control capacity delays and strikes, weather disruptions and "increased holiday allocations to pilots and cabin crew".

The move will help bring up punctuality back up to 90pc by providing additional standby aircraft, after on-time performance fell below 80pc in the first two weeks of September.

Others said they had been left stranded in their holiday destination.

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Between 40 and 50 flights, less than 2 per cent of the 2,500 it operates daily, will be cancelled until the end of October.

The Dublin-listed budget airline next week celebrates the fourth anniversary of its Always Getting Better campaign, which the chief executive, Michael O'Leary, has described as an effort to stop "unnecessarily pissing people off". 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.

Commenting, Ryanair's press spokesman Robin Kiely said: "We apologise sincerely to the small number of customers affected by these cancellations, and will be doing our utmost to arrange alternative flights and/or full refunds for them".

The airline said it would waive a €40 (£35) surcharge normally levied to change flights.

The Irish-based budget air carrier announced its plan Friday by saying it was no acceptable that the punctuality of its flights had dropped below the 80% threshold during the first half of September.

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