Ryanair to cut 40-50 flights a day to cover holidays
- Author: Jack Mann Sep 19, 2017,
Sep 19, 2017, 1:11
"Previously, the carrier was happy to suggest that you get what you pay for and despite negative press lots of flyers embraced the fact that they knew the score and were happy to fly without the frills. Publish full list now!" tweeted Carole Schofield.
Investor groups said that while Ryanair usually brushes off poor publicity, in this case it could seriously hit the airline.
Another passenger, Lizzie Gayton, said she had to spend nearly £700 to get home on Sunday after her flight from Lisbon to London Stansted was cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice.
"These include the right to reimbursement, re-routing or return, as well as the right to care and in some circumstances the right to compensation".
Rival Norwegian Air, which recently launched budget flights from Edinburgh to the U.S., has employed 140 Ryaniar pilots this year and is now advertising for its new Dublin base.
A Norwegian spokesperson said: "We can confirm that 140 pilots have joined us from Ryanair this year".
The association also says that the high turnover of pilots at the airline is putting pressure on its pilot roster, and point to filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission in the USA that show that, as of 2017, the average length of stay for a pilot with the airline was four years.
Shares in the airline were down three per cent in morning trading, but recovered slightly and were down 2.57 per cent by the early afternoon.
"We see a modest adverse financial impact from refunded tickets and compensation cost", said brokers Liberum.
Ryanair's Operations room in Dublin.
The European Commission warns Ryanair (NASDAQ:RYAAY) that it be may be fined for canceling a large number of flights in the next six weeks due to pilot labor issues. 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%.
At present, Ryanair have posted every single flight that has been cancelled and here they are on a day-to-day basis.
The move brought bad publicity for an airline which has worked hard over the past few years to improve a reputation for treating passengers badly.
In this case, your short-haul flight only needs to arrive more than two hours after your original scheduled arrival time for you to claim 250 euros.
But passengers looking for compensation for the disruption could be facing an uphill battle.