Budget airline Ryanair are cancelling between 40 and 50 flights a day for the next six weeks to deal with a back log of employee leave.
Up to 9,000 travellers are expected to be affected by Ryanair’s plans, which will cut under two per cent of all departures while they give their staff the time off they’re due.
Yesterday the airline cut 82 flights and they’re expected to cancel a further 80 today – no doubt infuriating passengers looking forward to paying extortionate prices for a 250 ml can of beer while 30,000 feet in the air.
Some p’d off passengers took to Twitter to complain about the airline and vent their fury at being left stranded in foreign countries – or having had their holiday plans ruined:
Don't book again with them folks! Mine was cancelled in Lisbon as boarding sun. Has to pay €650 for accom & new flight as was stranded!!!
— Peter Leech (@leechieboy) September 15, 2017
I have 50 wedding guest flying by ryainair soon. All pre paid. I assume we get refunded their food?
— Bianca's travel blog (@welgraaf) September 16, 2017
Agreed this is just disgraceful ……It is not like u can take a taxi to recoup the journey …Disgraceful behaviour by a so called company
— Julie young (@Julieyo28145996) September 15, 2017
Stop mugging people off and issue a list of all future cancellations 72 hours notice is not good enough .
— Pepe (@NeverbuyTheSun) September 15, 2017
We got no notice and have to stay an extra 3 days in Rome with no help or support from @Ryanair
— Alexander J. Currie (@AlexCurrie1991) September 15, 2017
Ryanair has apologised for any inconvenience caused and released the following statement:
Ryanair’s on-time performance has declined from 90 per cent to under 80 per cent over the past two weeks, a figure that is unacceptable to Ryanair and its customers.
By reducing its scheduled flying programme over the next six weeks by less than two per cent (of its over 2,500 daily flights), the airline will create additional standby aircrafts which will help restore on-time performance to its 90% average.
All affected customers are expected to be contacted directly and will be offered either alternative flights or a full refund.