September 27, 2017
Ryanair Cancels More flights and Drops Bid for Alitalia
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has been in the media spotlight a lot lately. It was forced to cancel flights for 400,000 passenger earlier this month. The airline said the flight cancellations were due to a pilot scheduling “mess-up.” It was expected to cause about 40-50 flights a day to be cancelled until October 31st. Last week, Ryanair offered 5£ seats to compensate passengers for the cancellations. Today, Ryanair announced a second batch of cancellations that could effect another 400,000 passengers.
The low-cost carrier will cancel 18,000 flights from 34 routes between November 2017-March 2018. Passengers who have already booked tickets on affected flights will be given a refund and a travel voucher for 40 GBP one-way or 80 GBP roundtrip. The vouchers are valid from October 2017-March 2018. The following routes will be affected:
Ryanair is now claiming that the cancellations are due to a pilot shortage. Many current and former Ryanair pilots are predicting more flight cancellations are likely. It’s estimated that over 150 pilots have left the low-cost carrier to work for Norwegian air shuttle.
Ryanair has also announced that it will NOT make a bid to purchase the failing Italian flag carrier, Alitalia. The airline cited the current flight cancellation problem as the reason for this. It wants to handle its scheduling issues first before pursuing other ventures.