Ryanair has published a full list of its upcoming flight cancellations between now and the end of October.
Customers whose flights have been cancelled will also be notified by email.
The Irish budget airline is cancelling 40-50 flights every day up until October 28 after a mess up with its rota, chief executive Michael O’Leary said earlier today.
Mr O’Leary said most people would be transferred to an alternative Ryanair flight on the same day.
“We are not short of pilots, he said. “What we have messed up is the allocation of holidays. We don’t have enough stand-by coverage to cover the inevitable disruptions that happen – air traffic control disruption and weather.
“We don’t have enough pilots in September and October to allocate the leave.
“As we take disruptions – eg thunder storms this weekend in Barcelona – and as crew and aircraft get stuck, there are no back-up crews available.
“We need to take out about 50 flights a day over the next six weeks while we have these crewing issues.”
He added: “While over 98 per cent of our customers will not be affected by these cancellations over the next six weeks, we apologise unreservedly to those customers whose travel will be disrupted, and assure them that we have done our utmost to try to ensure that we can re-accommodate most of them on alternative flights on the same or next day.
“This issue will not recur in 2018 as Ryanair goes back onto a 12 month calendar leave year from 1st Jan to 31st December 2018.
“This is a mess of our own making.
“I apologise sincerely to all our customers for any worry or concern this has caused them over the past weekend.
“We have only taken this decision to cancel this small proportion of our 2,500 daily flights so that we can provide extra standby cover and protect the punctuality of the 98pc of flights that will be unaffected by these cancellations.”
Flights to Rome, Milan, Brussels and Barcelona airports will see the highest percentage of cancellations.
Details of all the cancelled flights are available on the Ryanair website.
The EU compensation rules for cancelled flights are as follows:
- Passengers are entitled to assistance and compensation, if the disruption was within an airline’s control.
- Airlines have to offer full refunds, paid within seven days, or rebookings for a flight cancelled at short notice.
- In addition, passengers can also claim compensation.
- Cancellation amounts are: 250 euros (£218) for short-haul, 440 euros (£384) for medium-haul and 600 euros (£523) for long-haul.
- Passengers who reach their destination more than three hours late can be compensated from 200 to 600 euros, depending on the length of flights and delay.