By Euro Weekly News Media • 27 September 2017 • 12:53
LOW-COST airline Ryanair have shocked passengers by announcing the suspension of 34 routes between November and March.
The airline says it has emailed all the customers on the affected routes and offered refunds or an alternative flight.
Because these schedule changes have been made with 5 weeks to 5 months of advance notice, payment of EU261 compensation will not apply.
Earlier the airline the airline offered vouchers worth up to €80 for a return trip by way of an apology for their ‘mess up’ over the holiday rosters of pilots that lead to the cancellation of 40-50 flights a day until the end of October. However, the terms and conditions limit their use as the Christmas and Easter periods are excluded.
The airline’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary said, “We sincerely apologise to those customers who have been affected by last week’s flight cancellations, or these sensible schedule changes announced today,” he said.
“From today, there will be no more rostering-related flight cancellations this winter or in summer 2018.
“Slower growth this winter will create lots of spare aircraft and crews which will allow us to manage the exceptional volumes of annual leave we committed to delivering in the nine months to Dec 2017.
“We will start a new 12-month leave period on 1 January 2018 in full compliance with EU regulations and the IAA’s requirements.”
The following 34 routes are suspended for the winter season from November to March 2018:
Bucharest – PalermoChania – AthensChania – PafosChania – ThessalonikiCologne – Berlin (SXF)Edinburgh – SzczecinGlasgow – Las PalmasHamburg – EdinburghHamburg – KatowiceHamburg – Oslo (TRF)Hamburg – ThessalonikiHamburg – Venice (TSF)London (LGW) – BelfastLondon (STN) – EdinburghLondon (STN) – GlasgowNewcastle – FaroNewcastle – GdanskSofia – CastellonSofia – MemmingenSofia – PisaSofia – Stockholm (NYO)Sofia – Venice (TSF)Thessaloniki – BratislavaThessaloniki – Paris BVAThessaloniki – Warsaw (WMI)Trapani – BadenTrapani – Frankfurt (HHN)Trapani – GenoaTrapani – KrakowTrapani – ParmaTrapani – Rome FIUTrapani – TriesteWroclaw – WarsawGdansk – Warsaw
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