Belfast Airport To Be Affected By Ryanair Cancellations

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary

Ryanair has canceled an additional 18,000 flights that will affect customers from November through March.

The news comes as part of a broader strategy Ryanair announced today for dealing with the flight cancellations fiasco.

Ryanair said that by operating 25 fewer aircraft over the winter it could deploy the flight crews to more popular services.

The Irish airline said 34 routes will be affected by the temporary winter suspension, including London Stansted to Glasgow and Edinburgh, London Gatwick to Belfast, Newcastle to Faro, and Glasgow to Las Palmas.

Ryanair has said it will slow the company's growth plan for the winter to help alleviate roster issues.

"We have less than 400,000 customers booked on these flights and many of these flights have zero bookings at this time", a statement read.

Those customers affected by the cancellations will be placed on an alternative flight or receive a refund, while Ryanair has also offered a €40 single or €80 return voucher for those whose flights were cancelled. Shares of Ryanair rose as much as 3 percent, the biggest gain since before news of the pilot crisis first emerged on September 15.




Ryanair's chief executive Michael O'Leary said: "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 9 months to Dec 2017".

Ryanair is scrapping plans to buy struggling Italian airline Alitalia as it seeks to eliminate "all management distractions" and get a grip on a staffing shortage that has forced it to cancel thousands of bookings.

The cost of these vouchers for affected customers is expected to total almost €25m.

The airline's shareholders have reportedly been warned to expect "lower yields" as a result of "slower growth" over the next two months. The number of passengers will be down from 131 million to 129m for its full year to March, which will still be 7.5 per cent up on last year.

The airline have claimed that this move will prevent any further cancellations in future.

Alongside the announcement, Ryanair said it would ditch its bid for Alitalia, having made a non-binding offer in July.

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