Ryanair cancellations leaving passengers up in the air

Ryanair cancellations leaving passengers up in the air

Ryanair cancellations leaving passengers up in the air

In total 400,000 passengers could be affected.

O'Leary explained why the decision was made to cancel the flights for the next six weeks.

Why has Ryanair cancelled so many flights?

The Dublin-based carrier is shelving up to 50 flights daily over the next six weeks due to the over-allocation of pilots' holidays during a relatively busy period.

On Monday, the low-priced carrier said over 98% of its customers will be unaffected by the "less than 50 per day" flight cancellations between Thursday and October 31.

Ryanair has also said air traffic control strikes and bad weather were factors, and said the move would improve flight punctuality. You should get your money back within seven days or given an alternative flight.

RYANAIR shares fell by three per cent this morning after the budget airline revealed plans to cancel up to 50 flights a day until the end of October.

If you choose an alternative flight, you are also entitled to "care and assistance" - things like food, drink and accommodation - while you are waiting for your new flight.

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How much compensation can you get?

Customers will be contacted directly about this small number of cancellations and offered alternative flights or full refunds. If your flight is cancelled you should receive an email and text message from the airline advising you of the cancellation.

Cancellation amounts are: 250 euros (£218) for short-haul, 440 euros (£384) for medium-haul and 600 euros (£523) for long-haul.

Why are Ryanair cancelling flights?

If you're flying with Ryanair, you can check the status of your flight here.

"My apologies to our investors but also primarily to our customers for any uncertainty or any inconvenience we've caused you over the weekend", O'Leary said.

The airline is facing tens of millions in lost revenue as a result of the cancellations, refunds and compensation claims under European Union aviation rules, Liberum analyst Gerald Khoo said.

He told the Times: 'We expect all airlines to fulfil their obligations to their customers and do everything possible to notify them well in advance of any disruption to their journey. That provides for compensation and a host of other rights for passengers in the event of delay or cancellation of a flight.

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