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Ryanair cancels even more flights – up to March next year.

Robin Bowman

Robin Bowman
Sep 27, 2017

Ryanair says it will scrap another wave of flights until March next year in a move that will affect 400,000 passengers.

It says it will stop operating 25 of its 40 planes starting from November this year. It says this will put an end to the chaos it claims was created by a bungle over organising pilots’ holiday rotas.

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Are you affected?

No news is definitely good news, because the airline says anyone who is affected by this new wave of cancellations has already been contacted by email. All will have between five weeks and five-months notice.

All affected passengers have been offered alternative flights or refunds. They have also been offered a €40 voucher allowing them to book on any Ryanair route between this October and March 2018.

The airline says removing these extra flights will allow it to “roster all the extra pilot leave necessary” in October, November and December.

In total, 34 routes have been suspended over the winter period, which runs from November to March, 2018. These include: Stansted to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as Gatwick to Belfast, Newcastle to Faro, and Glasgow to Las Palmas.

Ryanair said it would also operate 10 fewer aircraft from April next year.

The airline’s boss, Michael O’Leary, said, “From today, there will be no more rostering related flight cancellations this winter or in summer 2018.

"Slower growth this winter will create lots of spare aircraft and crews which will allow us to manage the exceptional volumes of annual leave we committed to delivering in the nine months to December 2017. 

"We will start a new 12 month leave period on the 1st of Jan 2018 in full compliance with EU regulations and the IAA's requirements."

Last week, Ryanair said it would cancel 2,100 flights over the next six weeks, starting this Saturday. The move was forced in it, Ryanair said, because of safety rules for pilot flying time and a mix up over holiday rosters.