AXED FLIGHTS ‘TO HIT 400k’ Ryanair scraps de­par­tures

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by HE­LENE PERKINS sun­day@dai­

UP to 400,000 pas­sen­gers face mis­ery as the bud­get air­line Ryanair axes 50 de­par­tures a day for the next six weeks.

The car­rier has taken the move to ac­com­mo­date a back­log of an­nual leave to be taken by its pi­lots and cabin crew.

Air traf­fic con­trol de­lays and strikes along with bad weather have also ham­pered the air­line and led its punc­tu­al­ity to fall be­low 80% over the past two weeks.

Ryanair has apol­o­gised to af­fected cus­tomers and of­fered them al­ter­na­tive flights or re­funds.

But fu­ri­ous pas­sen­gers have turned to so­cial me­dia to vent their anger over the sit­u­a­tion.

Maria Joanna Suqui­tana said guests trav­el­ling to Italy for her brother’s wed­ding had their flights can­celled hours be­fore they were due to jet off.

She wrote: “We were forced to rent a van from Ger­many and drive 16 hours be­cause we just can’t trust to fly with you again. Most stress­ful days of our lives.”

Karen Naughton Brill said her daugh­ter’s 21st birth­day present of flights to Am­s­ter­dam had been “ru­ined” when they were can­celled with un­der 12 hours’ no­tice.

She added: “She’s gone to bed in tears, rang ho­tel, can’t get re­fund too short no­tice, same with park­ing, Anne Frank house tick­ets etc etc all non-re­fund­able.” An­gry Olivia Poole told how her flight on Sun­day had been can­celled ex­pla­na­tion”.

She wrote: “We’ve shelled out five times our orig­i­nal flight price for last minute, in­cred­i­bly over­priced flights with another air­line as your next avail­able flights were on the day we’re due to fly back.

“I will be go­ing to any length re­quired to re­ceive the com­pen­sa­tion as per EU leg­is­la­tion.”

Ryanair said many staff were book­ing time off fol­low­ing a change in the com­pany’s hol­i­day year from April to March to a calendar year from Jan­uary 1, 2018.

The firm added it would have ex­tra air­craft on standby to ar­rive to and from routes on time.

Robin Kiely, head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Ryanair, added: “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.” “with no

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