Ryanair axes 100s of flights for staff hols

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY ANITA MCSOR­LEY news@irish­mir­ror.ie

Ryanair has an­nounced it will axe up to 50 flights a day to help staff catch up on their hol­i­days.

The no-frills air­line said the can­cel­la­tions would hap­pen over the next six weeks. Yes­ter­day it scrapped 82 flights, and a fur­ther 80 sched­uled for to­day. Ryanair said it was nec­es­sary to im­prove its punc­tu­al­ity, which has fallen be­low 80% in the first two weeks of Septem­ber. Spokesman Robin Kiely said: “We op­er­ated a record sched­ule dur­ing July and Au­gust but must now al­lo­cate an­nual leave to pi­lots and cabin crew in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber, while still run­ning the bulk of our sum­mer sched­ule. “This in­creased leave at a time of ATC ca­pac­ity de­lays and strikes has se­verely re­duced our on-time per­for­mance over the past two weeks to un­der 80%. “By can­celling fewer than 2% of our fly­ing pro­gramme over the next six weeks we can im­prove the op­er­a­tional re­silience of our sched­ules and re­store punc­tu­al­ity to our an­nu­alised tar­get of 90%. “We apol­o­gise sin­cerely to the small num­ber of cus­tomers af­fected by these can­cel­la­tions, and will be do­ing our ut­most to ar­range al­ter­na­tive flights and/ or full re­funds for them.” But Fianna Fail tourism spokesper­son Robert Troy said: “Pas­sen­gers weren’t given any warn­ing to al­low them make al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments. “I do feel that Ryanair have failed in their duty of care to their cus­tomers.”

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