Ryanair says “no risk of further roster related flight cancellations”
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Ryanair, in a statement today, has announced that it will slow its growth this winter, by flying 25 less aircraft – of its 400 fleet – from November, and 10 fewer aircraft – of 445 – from April 2018.
The airline said this “slower rate of growth means that from today there is no risk of further roster related flight cancellations.”
However, the airline pointed out that, “flying 25 fewer aircraft this winter will result in a number of flight and schedule changes from November to March 2018.”
According to Ryanair, it has “less than 400,000 customers booked on these flights, and many of these flights have zero bookings at this time.”
“Less than 1% of the 50m customers Ryanair will carry this winter are affected and every one of these customers has received an email today giving them between 5 weeks to 5 months notice of these schedule changes, offering them alternative flights or full refunds of their airfare,” it said.
Ryanair added that they have also received a €40 (€80 return) travel voucher which will allow them to book – during October – a flight on any Ryanair service between October and March 2018.
The airline said that it has also emailed each of the 315,000 customers whose flights were previously cancelled over a 6 week period in September and October.
“We have offered each of these customers a €40 travel voucher (€80 return), again for travel between October and March 2018. This flight voucher is in addition to the flight re-accommodation/refunds they received last week, and applicable to the EU261 compensation which they may claim and receive over the coming weeks.”
The airline said that by reducing its flying schedule in this controlled manner it will “eliminate all risk of further flight cancellations, because slower growth creates lots of spare aircraft and crews across Ryanair’s 86 bases this winter.”
It also said that it will roster all of the extra pilot leave necessary in October, November and December. Ryanair added that it will roster almost 40% of the annual pilot leave requirement for 2018 in the first quarter, “which removes risk of roster problems recurring next year.”
Ryanair said that it is to roll out a series of low fare seat sales for winter 2017, “confident that there will be no further roster related cancellations.”
The sales will start this weekend with a 1 million, €9.99 one way, seat sale for travel in October, November and December, the airline said.