Ryanair cancels more flights, affecting 400000 customers

28 September, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Earlier this month the Irish airline cancelled up to 50 flights a day through to the end of October.

Ryanair said by reducing its flying schedule in this manner it would cut the risk of further flight cancellations, with spare capacity created across its 86 bases this winter.

The flights chaos has occurred due to an error with Ryanair's annual leave allocation, which meant pilots were due more time off than they had been given.

Despite today's announcement it added that it does not expect adjustment to its current year guidance of between €1.40 billion to €1.45 billion in profits after tax.

The move will affect approximately 400,000 passengers, who have already been notified via email about the disruption and have been offered the choice of picking an alternative flight or to apply for a refund instead.

"We sincerely apologize to those customers who have been affected by last week's flight cancellations, or these sensible schedule changes announced today", CEO Michael O'Leary said in a statement.

The carrier said almost 400,000 customers are booked on these flights, though they affect one flight per day across 200 airports over the five-month period.

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Ryanair's fortunes seem to be going from bad to worse, after it emerged that the airline has written to its 4200-strong pilot force to say that they may not see any bonuses in their paycheck.

Mr O'Leary promised there would be "no more" flight cancellations at least until summer 2018.

The firm has been forced into the cancellations after miscalculating pilot leave. "Our full year traffic of 131 million will now moderate to 129 million, which is 7.5% up on last year", Ryanair said.

The company also says it has scrapped plans to bid for bankrupt Italian airline Alitalia to focus on addressing its own problems.

Average fares are also expected to be slightly lower over the next two months as it promotes seat sales, it added.

In addition today, they are receiving a travel voucher (€40 one way/€80 return) which they may use to book any Ryanair flight of their choice during October for travel between October and March 2018.

Analysts welcomed Ryanair's decision not to pursue its interest in Alitalia.

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