Crew holiday backlog sees Ryanair cancel 50 flights a day until November

Gladys Abbott
September 17, 2017

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

"We apologize sincerely to the small number of customers affected by these cancellations, and will be doing our utmost to arrange alternative flights and/or full refunds for them".

While some reports put the number of flights cancelled at 40 or 50, Mail Online put the figure as high as 80 a day.

The Irish Travel Agents Association has called on the airline to publish a full list of the flights to be cancelled over the next six weeks.

While a cut of between 40 and 50 flights per day sounds like an extreme measure, it is worth noting this represents just 2% of the 2,500 flights it operates every day.

Ryanair has advised customers that flights will operate as scheduled unless passengers receive a cancellation email.

Jacobs advised customers to check the email address they used to make their booking. We apologise to all affected customers for these cancellations.

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

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Ryanair said it operated a "record schedule and traffic numbers" during July and August, the Telegraph reported, but was required to provide annual leave to pilots and cabin crew in September and October.

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

The low-priced carrier was prompted to take the drastic step after seeing less than 80 per cent of its planes arrive on time in the first two weeks of September.

Among the cancellations on Friday and Saturday were 17 flights in and out of Dublin Airport.

The move could affect up to 285,000 passengers, who will be offered alternative flights or refunds.

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 said: "Compensation may also be payable depending on the notice period Ryanair has given you".

Furious passengers have accused the airline of cancelling flights with two days' notice and offering them replacements for days later.

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