Ryanair cancel up to 400000 bookings and ground Belfast route

Jonathan Hernandez
September 28, 2017

Another 400,000 Ryanair passengers are going to be told their flights are cancelled.

In the year to March 2019 Ryanair has revealed it will carry 4 million fewer customers than planned, with the number falling from 142 million to 138 million.

We will not need pilots to give up one week of their well-earned annual leave from November onwards.

Budget airline Ryanair cancelled another 18,000 flights on Wednesday, deepening its woes over its mismanagement of pilots' holiday schedules.

The airline has reportedly said that it will slow growth to curb the risk of having to announce more cancellations by flying 25 fewer aircraft and reducing its flying schedule.

The new wave of cancellations will affect less than one flight per day across 200 airports over the five month period, according to Ryanair.

The carrier said almost 400,000 customers are booked on these flights, though they affect one flight per day across 200 airports over the five-month period.

Earlier this month, the airline announced 2,000 flight cancellations between September 16 and the end of October citing rostering miscalculations of pilots' leave.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more follows.

Ryanair added the revised growth plans will translate in full-year traffic rising to 129 million, instead of the expected 131 million, which would nevertheless represent a 7.5% year-on-year increase.

The airline have claimed that this move will prevent any further cancellations in future.

The pilot shortage has been a PR disaster for Ryanair amid its Always Getting Better drive to improve customer satisfaction since 2014.

The airline's shareholders have also been warned to expect "lower yields" from their investment as a result of "slower growth" over the next two months.

Ryanair said: "We have notified the Alitalia bankruptcy Commissioners that we will not be pursuing our interest in Alitalia or submitting any further offers for the airline".

O'Leary said Ryanair has hired 650 more cockpit personnel who will join over the next eight months to help staff another 50 Boeing Co.

All affected customers have been contacted by Ryanair and offered a voucher in addition to a refund or rebooking.

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