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Ryanair cancel over 1,000 flights in June

04 July 2018 07:59

More than 1,000 flights were cancelled for the second month running

More than 1,000 flights were cancelled for the second month running

Strikes across Europe led Ryanair to cancel over 1,000 flights in June, the budget airline has revealed.

More than 1,000 flights were cancelled for the second month running as a summer of travel misery for passengers continued.

The cancellations, which affected more than 210,000 passengers, were due to air traffic control strikes over four weekends in June.

Staff shortages in the UK, Germany, and France were also blamed for the cuts to flight numbers.

The figure is up from just 41 cancellations in June last year, prompting the airline to repeat its call for action from Europe to help tackle strike disruption.

Staff shortages

Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: "Regrettably, over 210,000 Ryanair customers had their flights cancelled in June because of four weekends of ATC (air traffic control) strikes and repeated UK, German and French ATC staff shortages.

"Ryanair calls for urgent action by the EU Commission and European governments to ameliorate the effect of ATC strikes and staff shortages in the UK, Germany and France from disrupting the travel plans of millions of Europe's consumers this summer."

Fellow airline easyJet has also revealed the impact of the strike woes in recent weeks, cancelling nearly 1,000 flights in May, as widespread thunderstorms also took their toll.

Regular headache

Air traffic control strikes are costly for airlines and hugely disruptive for passengers, especially in France, as many UK flights need to use the country's air space or fly longer routes to avoid it.

But ATC action has become a regular headache for the industry in recent years, with 2017 said to be a record for strikes, with 41 days affected.

Despite the strike action, Ryanair said it still flew 7% more passengers last month, at 12.6 million.

Its load factor - a measure of how well airlines fill their planes - remained unchanged at 96%.

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