LONDON – Ryanair is cancelling hundreds of thousands more bookings, the budget airline confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
The company said that it will ground 25 of its 400 aircrafts between November 2017 and March 2018, affecting hundreds of thousands of customers who have already booked flights.
Only around 1% of Ryanair’s total bookings in the period are impacted by the cancellations, the company said.
Ryanair’s latest announcement adds to the cancellations already announced last week, which impacted around 315,000 bookings in September and October.
Around 18,000 flights will be cancelled over the period, with 34 routes being postponed. Shut routes include London Stansted to Edinburgh, and London to Glasgow. You can see a full list of cancelled routes here.
All customers impacted are being offered a €40 voucher (€80 if return flights had been booked) that can be used to book any flight between the beginning of October and the end of March next year. Any affected customers will be emailed on Wednesday if their flight has been cancelled.
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In announcing the new cancellations, Ryanair claimed that “it will slow its growth this winter.” By doing so, it is ensuring it will not need to announce a third round of flight cancellations, Ryanair claims. Monthly growth over the period will be slowed from 9% to 4%.
The wave of flight cancellations have been caused by a backlog of staff holiday days due at the end of the year. Ryanair said it had to allocate pilots’ leave time to September and October to accommodate everyone’s days off.
“This slower growth will provide stability to pilot rosters from November to March. We will not need pilots to give up one week of their well-earned annual leave from November onwards,” a spokesperson for the company said.
“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.”