Ryanair confirms list of majority of flights cancelled

Ryanair confirms list majority flights cancelled

Ryanair has confirmed the flights affected by cancellations for the five weeks from Monday 25th September to Saturday 28th October.

The list was released on the airline’s website.

The airline had already revealed flight cancellations for 19 September and 20 September.

Details for flights cancelled from Thursday 21st September to Sunday 24th September are expected to be published shortly.

Ryanair has come under mounting pressure after cancelling more than 160 flights, and leaving up to 40,000 passengers stranded.

The budget airline blamed the decision on having “messed up” its pilots’ holiday rota, and stated it would have to drop 40 to 50 flights a day over the next six weeks.

Aviation Minister Lord Callanan led the criticism and has demanded that travellers be fully compensated, with pressure also growing for Ryanair to publish the full list of the cancelled flights.

Ryanair confirms list majority flights cancelled
Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary. Photo: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Ryanair stated that a change to its holiday year, from April to March to a calendar year from 1 January 2018, resulted in an increase in allocations as staff used leave before the end of the year.

The airline also blamed air traffic control strikes and bad weather as factors.

Shares in Ryanair fell by up to 3% on Monday.

Lord Callanan said: “We expect all airlines to fulfil their obligations to their customers and do everything possible to notify them well in advance of any disruption to their journey.

“In the event of any disruption or cancellation, airlines must ensure customers are fully compensated and every effort is made to provide alternative travel arrangements.”

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Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Cormac Meehan, President of the Irish Travel Agents Association said Ryanair must publish the full list of all flights they intend to cancel.

Mr Meehan also criticised Ryannair for not addressing the issue sooner which had been “coming down the tracks” for some time.

Consumer rights group Which? said passengers needed more notice. It said: “It’s essential that Ryanair release a full list of flights that will be affected so that passengers have as much time as possible to make alternate arrangements.”

Ryanair’s claims of a pilot holiday rota mix up have come under scrutiny, however, after rival airline Norwegian Air confirmed that it has recruited 140 of its pilots.

A Norwegian spokesperson said: “We can confirm that 140 pilots have joined us from Ryanair this year. Pilot recruitment is also underway for more pilots for our new Dublin base opening later this year.”

Ryanair has not issued a response to the claim.

 

Kenny Jacobs, marketing officer at Ryanair, confirmed that affected customers with bookings up to 20 September had been informed.

“We will cancel 40 to 50 flights daily for the next six weeks, less than 2% of our schedule, with a slightly higher number initially, as we begin to implement these cancellations,” he said.

“Flights are operating as scheduled unless an email confirming a cancellation has been received.”

Ryanair said the next set of cancellations will go out on Monday (18 December).

There has also being criticism of Ryanair for not advising passengers of their full rights.

Their website states that passengers can claim a refund or wait several days for a rescheduled flight, but it doesn’t mention that they are also entitled to compensation.

Compensation

Its website tells passengers: “We offer you two options to choose from: 1. Apply for a refund 2. Change your Cancelled Flight”.

Passengers can claim compensation of between €250-€400, which it is required to pay under EU rules. Ryanair is also obligated to pay for flights on other airlines “at the earliest opportunity”.

Ryanair has denied misleading passengers over compensation.

A spokesman added that Ryanair fully complied with “all EU261 legislation”, which applies to flight delays and cancellations.

Full list of cancelled flights:

Monday 18th September
FR3105 Amsterdam to Dublin
FR6394 Barcelona El Prat (BCN) to Dublin
FR 509 Bristol to Dublin
FR1453 Brussels to Dublin
FR1452 Dublin to Brussels
FR3104 Dublin to Amsterdam
FR562 Dublin to Manchester T3
FR114 Dublin to London Gatwick
FR508 Dublin to Bristol
FR6395 Dublin to Barcelona El Prat (BCN)
FR115 London Gatwick to Dublin
FR561 Manchester T3 to Dublin

Tuesday 19th September
FR8556 Dublin to Berlin Schonefeld
FR8557 Berlin Schonefeld to Dublin
FR5774 Dublin to Glasgow
FR5773 Glasgow to Dublin
FR1901 Dublin to Krakow
FR1902 Krakow to Dublin

Wednesday 20th September
FR3105 Amsterdam to Dublin
FR509 Bristol to Dublin
FR22 Dublin to Paris Beauvais
FR554 Dublin to Manchester T3
FR3104 Dublin to Amsterdam
FR508 Dublin to Bristol
FR555 Manchester T3 to Dublin
FR23 Paris Beauvais to Dublin


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