Ryanair cancelled more than 160 flights last weekend, with roughly the same number failing to operate over the next three days as a result of pilot holiday block bookings.
Cancellations up to and including Wednesday 20 September are listed on Ryanair’s website, however there will be further cancellations over the coming six weeks, with more announced on Thursday 21 September. All cancellations proposed have now been published.
The airline is trying to clear a backlog of pilots’ holidays that has resulted in no pilots being available to complete a full summer weight schedule and this has also impacted on reduced punctuality. The airline is offering passengers – estimated to be some 400,000 – affected by the disruption the option of a full refund or a change of booking, subject to availability.
The airline is only obliged to re-book at “the earliest opportunity.” Under EU/261/2004 regulations, the airline is obliged to offer either €250 or €400 cash compensation, depending on the distance of the flight cancelled (up to 1,500km and 3,500km respectively). This is in addition to a any fare refund or re-booking.
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