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Published: Fri, September 29, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Ryanair to cancel flights affecting 400000 more passengers

Ryanair to cancel flights affecting 400000 more passengers

Numerous routes affected are popular with British travellers, some of which include London Stansted to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Gatwick to Belfast, Newcastle to Faro, and Glasgow to Las Palmas.

Ryanair has just announced that it is cancelling more flights in the coming weeks.

All of the passengers affected in this new wave of cancellations - as well as those affected from flights scrapped between September and October are being sent a €40 voucher by the airline.

"Today, in announcing thousands more cancellations to its scheduled programme, the airline has again failed to provide customers with the necessary and accurate information relating to their passenger rights, particularly around rerouting and care and assistance entitlements, which includes expenses."

Commenting on the latest developments at the airline, Merrion's Darren McGinley said that Ryanair was expected to carry 129 million passengers in its 2018 financial year so a reduction of about 715,000 passengers is relatively small and will have minimal impact on its profitability. "We will start a new 12-month leave period on Jan 1, 2018 in full compliance with European Union regulations and the IAA's requirements".

The decision, which means the cancellation of all flights between London Stansted and Edinburgh and Glasgow has led to a host of complaints to Ryanair.

The cancelled flights - between November and March - could affect up to 400,000 passengers.

The CAA wants Ryanair to do more for their customers, including booking them on other airlines if Ryanair cannot offer a suitable alternative flight.

Ryanair said flying 25 fewer aircraft this winter would result in a number of flight and schedule changes from November to March next year.

According to the authority, Ryanair is deceiving customers by canceling flights and offering no proper alternatives, AD reports.

It also plans to introduce a series of low-fare seat sales for winter 2017 as it is "confident that there will be no further roster-related cancellations".

To help allow it to "eliminate all management distractions" the airline has also ended its interest in purchasing Italy's Alitalia.

Travel chaos looks set to continue as Ryanair announce it will continue to cancel flights until March 2018.

Ryanair is now scrapping 40 to 50 flights daily - "less than two percent" of its flying programme - to address problems caused also by air traffic control (ATC) delays, strikes and weather disruption.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary speaks during a press conference in London on August 2, 2017.

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