Ryanair to CANCEL forty to fifty flights a day for six weeks

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary                     Image Jonathan Brady  PA Wire  PA Images

Ryanair has announced it will cancel 40 to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks due to a backlog of staff leave, according to a report by the Guardian.

According to a statement by the budget airline this was partly due to "increased holiday allocations" for pilots and cabin crew.

Following initial confusion among passengers on Friday, a Ryanair statement said its decision resulted from a need to "improve its system-wide punctuality which has fallen below 80 per cent in the first two weeks of September".

On social media, passengers expressed frustration at a lack of response from Ryanair as to specific flight cancellations.

"Ryanair apologises sincerely for the inconvenience caused to customers by these cancellations". We advise customers to check the email address used to make their booking. Rubbish it affects 100% of customers for the next 6 weeks worrying if their flight will be cancelled.

If the airline cancelled 40 flights per day for six weeks at a load factor of 90%, approximately 285,000 journeys would be affected.

This follows the airline cancelling over 160 flights within 48 hours.

"The rules say if the airline doesn't have a suitable alternative flight, you have to be booked on a rival airline", Simon Calder, travel editor of the Independent, told the BBC.

Ryanair said it had operated at record schedule and traffic levels during July and August, but this had led to a "backlog of crew leave" as the airline's holiday year transitions from its current April start to a calendar year.

Flights between Dinard airport and Stansted, Dublin and Paris Beauvais, and Stansted and Nice are among the 80 flights affected on Saturday, September 16.

If you think you are eligible for compensation from your cancelled flight, you can fill in the online form on Ryanair's website.

The Commission for Aviation Regulation said: "If you have been affected by the Ryanair programme of flight cancellations you are entitled to a choice of refund or rerouting".

If a flight is cancelled, passengers either apply for a refund or change their cancelled flight for free.

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