Thousands of commuters are outraged this morning after the country’s low cost budget airliner Ryanair have announced they will be cancelling between 40 to 50 flights a day over the next six weeks.
The cancellations which has caused many commuters to voice their disgust on social media comes in order to accommodate staff leave.
Ryanair who say they plan on changing their internal calendar, have apologised for the cancellations and have said the grounding of flights has come as a result of air traffic control strikes and staff holidays which has ultimately affected the company’s operations.
In a statement clarifying the issue a Ryanair spokesperson said: “We have operated a record schedule and traffic numbers during the peak summer months of July and August but must now allocate annual leave to pilots and cabin crew in September and October while still running the bulk of our summer schedule.”
“This increased leave at a time of air traffic control capacity delays and strikes has severely reduced our on-time performance over the past two weeks to under 80%. Therefore by cancelling less than 2% of our flying programme over the next six weeks, until our winter schedule starts in early November, we can improve the operational resilience of our schedules and restore punctuality to our annualised target of 90%.”
“We sincerely apologise to the small number of customers affected by these cancellations, and we will be doing our utmost to arrange alternative flights and/or full refunds for them.”
The cancellation of flights has left many would be holidaymakers angry as the announcement came after many people booked flights with the airliner.
Ryanair say the suspension of flights will affect around 285,000 passengers in the coming weeks ahead.