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Ryanair announces 18,000 more cancellations

29 September 2017 09:22

Michael O'Leary says the changes 'eliminate all risk'

Michael O'Leary says the changes 'eliminate all risk'

Ryanair has announced it will be axing a further 18,000 flights over winter, in its bid to roster pilot holidays.

Mismanagement over pilots' annual leave has led to thousands of flights being cancelled so far and the firm says 25 fewer aircraft will be operating between November 2017 and March 2018.

Boss Michael O'Leary released a statement, saying: "Slower growth this winter will create lots of spare aircraft and crews which will allow us to manage the exceptional volumes of annual leave we committed to delivering in the nine months to December 2017."

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Highland cancellations

Scottish passengers will be hit the hardest by the 34 route suspensions, with complete services being cut from some Scottish cities over winter.

These include the routes between London Stansted and Glasgow, Glasgow and Las Palmas, Stansted and Edinburgh, Hamburg and Edinburgh, and Edinburgh and Szczecin in Poland.

The Irish carrier says around 400,000 customers are expected to be affected by the cancellations.

The changes come in response to recent cancellations that have seen 50 flights a day bumped for six weeks, due to over-allocation of pilot's annual leave.

Around 2,000 flights have already been grounded, costing the firm around 25 million euros.

Affected passengers are being offered alternative flights or full refunds, as well as a 40 euro travel voucher.

Passengers travelling within two weeks are also entitled to compensation

An apology

Mr O'Leary has released a statement apologising to customers who have been affected by last week's flight cancellations, as well as those impacted by these further "sensible schedule changes".

The chief says there will be no more rostering-related flight cancellations this winter or next summer, in his bid to reassure customers who may look to book elsewhere.

"We will start a new 12 month leave period on the 1st of Jan 2018 in full compliance with EU regulations and the IAA's requirements,' he added.