Ryanair set to cancel dozens of flights a day

Ryanair set to cancel dozens of flights a day

In its attempt to improve flight punctuality for both departing and arriving flights, Ryanair announced that it would be cancelling between 40 and 50 flights daily during the next six weeks.

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.

The airline, which flies to more than a dozen destinations from Leeds Bradford Airport, says staff need to catch up with holiday entitlement.

The airline is now moving to allocate annual leave during a nine month transition period (April-December 2017) to move the airline's holiday year (currently April-March) to a calendar year (January-December) from January 2018 onwards.

In the first two weeks of September, punctuality has fallen below 80%, which Ryanair blamed on a number of factors, including air traffic control delays and strikes and weather disruptions.

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.

Update - 1.13pm: The Commission for Aviation Regulation has said some passengers who have had their flights cancelled by Ryanair may be entitled to compensation, "depending on the notice period" given by the airline.

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It also said it had to clear a backlog of staff leave by the end of the year.

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

It "apologised sincerely to the small number of customers affected" and promised to try and rearrange flights.

"Ryanair's on-time performance has declined from 90% to under 80% over the past two weeks, a figure that is unacceptable to Ryanair and its customers", it says.

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

'We apologise to all affected customers for these cancellations.

A Reuters reporter, whose flight from Dublin to Barcelona on Sept. 18 was cancelled on Friday, was offered a choice of a surcharge of 250 euros to take an earlier flight on Sept. 18 or 60 euros to take a flight on Sept. 19.

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