Ryanair to cancel 40-50 flights per day for six weeks

Ryanair cancels about 2,000 flights over six weeks

Ryanair has said the cancellation of between 1,500 to 2,000 flights over the next six weeks happened because it "messed up the planning of pilot's holidays".

Ryanair blames a combination of air traffic control delays, weather disruptions, and the impact of increased holiday allocations to pilots and cabin crew.

The move, Ryanair says, will help bring punctuality back up to 90%; it has described the dip below 80% as "unacceptable". "Please check the email address used to make your booking".

Karen Naughton Brill said her daughter's 21st birthday present of flights to Amsterdam had been "ruined" when they were cancelled with less than 12 hours' notice.

If the airline cancels 40 flights per day for six weeks at a load factor of 90 percent, approximately 285,000 journeys would be affected.

"The rules say if the airline doesn't have a suitable alternative flight, you have to be booked on a rival airline", Simon Calder, travel editor of the Independent, told the BBC.

Airline management says that due to these holiday period changes, Ryanair has been operating at record schedule and traffic levels during the peak summer months of July (12.6m passengers) and August (12.7m) which has now resulted in a huge backlog of crew leave.

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Thousands of passengers across Europe were left stranded on Friday as the Irish low-priced carrier grounded 82 flights, blaming the move on a need for its staff to catch up on holiday entitlement.

The airline stunned passengers by cancelling up to 2,000 flights over the next six weeks, in order to give crew some time off.

Dublin flights affected on Saturday included Paris, Barcelona and Madrid, and flights in from Amsterdam and Edinburgh.

If you think you are eligible for compensation from your cancelled flight, you can fill in the online form on Ryanair's website.

William Harte said: "Just received an email from @ryanair telling me to check in for a flight that they cancelled yesterday!" Compensation may also be payable depending on the notice period Ryanair has given you.

But this has done little to soothe the anger and frustration felt by the affected passengers, many of whom have slammed the company on Twitter for leaving them in limbo.

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