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Ryanair to cancel hundreds of flights over the next six weeks

Ryanair to cancel hundreds of flights over the next six weeks”

The cancellation of flights has left many would be holidaymakers angry as the announcement came after many people booked flights with the airliner.

The airline announced the plan on Friday, saying that it was "unacceptable" that its punctuality had fallen below 80 per cent in the first half of September, BBC reported.

Further along in its official statement, RyanAir notes that "Air Traffic Control (ATC) capacity delays and strikes, weather disruptions and the impact of increased holiday allocations to pilots and cabin crew" are at fault for the delays.

The airline is now allocating annual leave during a nine-month transition period - April to December 2017 - to move the airline's holiday year - now April to March - to a calendar year (Jan to Dec) from 1st January 2018 onwards.

"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", Ryanair's Robin Kiely said.

Ryanair is mandated under the Irish Aviation Authority to bring staff holidays in line with the calendar year from January 1, requiring it to allocate the leave before the end of the year.

"These tighter crewing numbers and the impact of ATC capacity restrictions in the UK, Germany and Spain, as well as French ATC strikes and adverse weather (thunderstorms) have given rise to significant delays in recent weeks", Ryanair said".

If the airline cancels 40 flights per day for six weeks at a load factor of 90%, approximately 285,000 journeys would be affected.

Ryanair offered those affected the option for a refund or to book an alternative flight in emails sent on Friday.

Even customers who had not received a message to say their flight was cancelled vowed never to book with Ryanair again, claiming their holiday had been ruined due to the "uncertainty".



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