Ryanair cancels another 18000 flights in Nov17-Mar18

Ryanair cancels another 18000 flights in Nov17-Mar18

Ryanair cancels another 18000 flights in Nov17-Mar18

The news comes just one week after the airline announced it would cancel more than 1,600 flights between September 19 and October 28.

Ryanair says slower growth creates lots of spare aircraft and crews across its 86 bases this winter.

The flights chaos has occurred due to an error with Ryanair's annual leave allocation, which meant pilots were due more time off than they had been given.

Shares in Ryanair jumped after it said the plan would eliminate "all risk" of further cancellations and that it would not alter its 1.4 billion to 1.45 billion euro profit forecast for the financial year ending March 31.

It also accused the airline of failing to inform passengers about its obligation to refund additional expenses incurred because of a cancelled flight, such as meals or hotels.

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.

Over the six month period, 34 routes will be temporarily suspended, including London Stansted to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Newcastle to Faro and Gatwick to Belfast.

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Customers have also received a €40 (€80 return) travel voucher which will allow them to book - during October - a flight on any Ryanair service between October 2017 and March 2018.

They have said that the new cancellations amount to less than one flight per day over the winter.

The firm has been forced into the cancellations after miscalculating pilot leave. The number of passengers will be down from 131 million to 129m for its full year to March, which will still be 7.5 per cent up on last year.

Ryanair says the voucher will be sent to all affected customers, who originally paid the full ticket price for a cancelled flight, by Friday.

The changes to flight plans have been made in an attempt to prevent further roster-based cancellations.

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

"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", Ryanair said.

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