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Ryanair continues to cancel 50 flights per day, and people aren't happy

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Ryanair are cancelling up to 50 flights per day for the next six weeks, and customers want to see a full list of all affected flights.

Making the announcement on Friday 15 September, the budget airline said they’d made the decision in an effort to improve the punctuality of flights and “clear a backlog of staff leave”, according to the BBC.


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Ryanair posted a statement on their website, saying: “Up to 50 flights per day (less than 2% of flights) have been cancelled for the next six weeks. Your flight is operating as usual unless you receive an email.”

The cancellations “could affect up to 285,000 passengers”.

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Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary

Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs told the Telegraph: “We will cancel 40 to 50 flights daily for the next six weeks, less than 2% of our schedule, with a slightly higher number initially, as we begin to implement these cancellations.

“Flights are operating as scheduled unless an email confirming a cancellation has been received. We advise customers to check the email address used to make their booking.

“We will continue to send regular updates and post flight information on our website, with the next set of cancellations to be issued on Monday. We apologise sincerely to all affected customers for these cancellations.”

But passengers have called for Ryanair to publish a full list of cancelled flights for the entire six weeks, after 82 flights failed to take off yesterday (Sunday 17 September). Currently the list is only detailed until Wednesday 20 September.

All of those whose flights have been cancelled will be offered a refund via the Ryanair website. In compliance with the EU regulations, if your flight has been cancelled with less than 2 weeks’ notice then compensation starts at €250 for flights up to 1,500km, €400 for longer EU flights and €600 for flights outside the EU longer than 3,500km.


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However, the compensation can be reduced by 50% if the airline manages to reroute your journey, and get you to your original destination within two hours for short flights, three hours for longer EU flights and four hours for those flights outside the EU longer than 3,500km.

A full list of cancelled flights up to Wednesday 20 September can be found here.

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