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Ryanair scraps more flights, ends Alitalia bid amid crisis

28 September, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary

Ryanair will cancel another 18,000 flights between November and March, affecting the travel plans of another 400,000 passengers. From April next year, the airline will permanently operate 10 fewer aircraft.

All affected passengers have received a €40 travel voucher which will allow them to book a flight on any Ryanair service between October and March 2018, it said.

The low-priced airline has faced backlash after previously canceling more than 2,000 flights because of a lack of available pilots, and the additional cancelations bring the number of halted flights to more than 20,000, according to The Independent.

The Irish no-frills airline plans to fly 25 fewer aircraft during its winter schedule, hitting less than one percent of its customers but more than doubling the amount of passengers originally affected by a cancellations crisis plaguing Ryanair since mid-September.

The 34 routes affected during the winter season include some United Kingdom domestic routes between London and Scotland, plus its only domestic route in Germany between Berlin and Cologne, where a gap in the market will soon be left by the insolvency of German carrier Air Berlin.

The airline has already cancelled 2,000 flights over six weeks because of a backlog of crew holiday.

Ryanair says it will offer affected passengers alternative flights or full refunds.


The company is to slow its growth to "eliminate all risk of further flight cancellations".

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

"Slower growth creates a large surplus of standby pilots so we can allocate all annual leave due in the 3 months to December, and more again in Q1 of 2018".

That being said, Ryanair doesn't expect to alter its current year profit guidance of €1.40bn to €1.45bn, and it promised a further update for investors when it reports half year results in late October.

The flight cancellations from last week are expected cost the company less than 25 million euros ($30 million) and the free flight vouchers issued to affected passengers will also be less than 25 million euros, the company said.

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".

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