Pressure grows in Ryanair to release full list of cancelled flights

Kristopher Drake
September 19, 2017

Ryanair will publish a list of their cancelled flights for the next six weeks, the company's CEO Michael O'Leary said on Monday.

He said that the company is not now short on pilots, and that a combination of the new annual leave system for staff and adverse weather on the continent had created the situation where Ryanair was forced to cancel so many flights.

Robin Kiely, head of communications at Ryanair, said: "We have operated a record schedule during the peak summer months of July and August but must now allocate annual leave to pilots and cabin crew in September and October".

European budget airline Ryanair will cancel about 50 flights per day over the next six weeks after an oversight regarding pilots' 2017 vacation time.

Following public pressure, the airline said a full list of all flight cancellations between Thursday September 21 and Tuesday October 31 will be made available on its website tonight. This fell as low as 70 percent in the days before the drastic move to cancel flights.

"We can confirm that 140 pilots have joined us from Ryanair this year".

The airline has blamed a backlog of staff leave for the disruption, which has led to large numbers of its staff taking holidays towards the end of the year. The holiday issue arose from a change from holiday allowance in the company running for a fiscal year to a calendar year.

Ryanair's CEO Michael O Leary pictured during a press conference where he addressed the recent Ryanair flight cancellations at Ryanair's headquarters in Dublin.

You can also potentially claim on your travel insurance for lost holiday bookings or extra expenses if your flights are cancelled by Ryanair.

In a press conference O'Leary said customers whose flights have been cancelled will receive an email by Monday evening.

Up to 400,000 passengers across 2,000 flights could be affected over the six-week period and 82 scheduled services were cancelled on Sunday (17 September) alone.

"What if your (sic) flying out on a flight not cancelled before Wednesday, how the hell do you know if you can get back".

Some passengers online vented their anger at the airline, after a cancellation meant they would be forced to cancel their holidays, while others complained of being stranded overseas after the alternative flights they were offered were not due for a number of days.

"We're going to look after the 98% and make sure their flights are on time", he said.

If Ryanair has informed you of the cancellation with more than two weeks' notice, you will not be entitled to compensation.

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