Ryanair says flights cancelled due to 'messed up holiday planning'

Ryanair says flights cancelled due to 'messed up holiday planning'

Ryanair made the shock announcement yesterday that it will be cancelling between forty and fifty of its flights daily for the next six weeks.

Ryanair's Robin Kiely said the airline "apologised 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".

If the airline cancelled 40 flights per day for six weeks at a load factor of 90 per cent, approximately 285,000 journeys would be affected, The Guardian calculates.

They issued a statement saying: "Flights are operating as scheduled unless an email confirming a cancellation has been received".

Update - 11.49am: The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has condemned the cancellation of flights by Ryanair at short notice.

It said the 40 to 50 flight cancellations each day accounted for less than 2% of its 2,500 daily flights and it would create additional standby aircraft to help restore punctuality. We advise customers to check the email address used to make their booking.

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If you were booked on a flight that has been cancelled, you might be eligible for flight compensation too.

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 you have been given less than seven days notice you must be offered an alternative flight departing no more than one hour before your original departure time and allowing arrival within two hours of the original scheduled time of arrival".

Among the cancellations on Friday and Saturday were 17 flights in and out of Dublin Airport. Gary Cummings, who was due to fly from Leeds to Bratislava on the morning of 17 September, was told by text message the evening before that his flight had been canceled.

Mr Jacobs said a "slightly higher number" of flights would be cancelled this weekend.

More information on your rights as a passenger when your flight is cancelled is available here, but the rules for compensation are outlined on their website as below.