Ryanair cancellations: Shannon Airport flights saved from the axe

Ryanair cancellations: Shannon Airport flights saved from the axe

Andrew Cummings
September 19, 2017

So far, Ryanair has published their list of flight cancellations only until the end of September.

However, in a press conference on Monday afternoon (19 September), Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary quashed reports that the airline had lost a slew of pilots to Norwegian.

"In terms of lost profitability, we think it will cost us something of the order of up to about five million euro (£4.4 million) over the next six weeks and in terms of the EU261 compensation we think that will be something up to a maximum of 20 million euro, but much depends on how numerous alternative flights our customers take up".

The need to cancel flights is partly because Ryanair is moving the leave year for its pilots and cabin crew from the current April-March period to January-December next year.

The company is cancelling up to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks after the company admitted it "messed up" staff holidays.

Manchester United fans have been forced to find new flights to Portugal next month as a result of the RyanAir cancellation chaos.

"Have I damaged Ryanair's reputation with these cancellations? We don't have enough pilots in September and October to allocate the leave".

Ryanair sent emails to the first affected passengers last Friday, giving them the choice of a refund or an alternative flight.

O'Leary promised the problem would not recur in 2018 but said there would be a reputational hit from cancelling flights to and from destinations including Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan and Rome, which would not help future bookings.

Every passenger who is entitled to compensation will receive it in full, Mr O'Leary explained.

This applies if their flight has been cancelled less than a week before they were due to travel.

Local customers who are travelling from Dublin are being advised to check the email account they booked their flights with to see if their services are running.

Founded in 2012 by entrepreneur Eve Büchner, refund.me (https://refund.me/) assists individual airline passengers in securing compensation for flight delays, cancellations, missed connections, and re-routings under European Union (EC) 261/2004 legislation.

Goodbody said that would shave 2.3% off its full-year forecast of €1.479 billion in profit after tax.

The fall in Ryanair's punctuality below 80 percent compared to an average of 89 percent in the three months to the end of June.

In the letter, Mr Hickey said these pilots would be "helping protect the integrity of the operation during the remainder of the flight year".

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