Ryanair to ground up to 50 flights a day for six weeks

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Customers described the cancellations as an "absolute disgrace" and "shocking". While some reports put the number of flights cancelled at 40 or 50, Mail Online put the figure as high as 80 a day.

However, passengers were making complaints with the airline over the short notice it gave related to the flight cancellations.

As well as air traffic control strikes and weather disruption, the airline said the decision was taken to meet a requirement for holiday time for its crews following the introduction of a new roster structure as required by regulators.

Some claimed they were left "stranded" as the replacement flights they were offered were for several days later.

Ryanair is mandated under the Irish Aviation Authority to bring staff holidays in line with the calendar year from January 1, requiring it to allocate the leave before the end of the year.

"Ryanair has operated at record schedule and traffic levels during the peak summer months. but has a backlog of crew leave which must be allocated before December 31st 2017".

If the airline cancelled 40 flights per day for six weeks at a load factor of 90 per cent, approximately 285,000 journeys would be affected, The Guardian calculates.

Through cancelling fewer than 2% of the flights during the upcoming six months, or until the winter schedule begins, we will succeed in improving the resilience of operations for scheduling and restore the annualized target goal of punctuality of 90%, said a Ryanair spokesperson.

The operator has apologised to customers and said that it would help to arrange alternative flights or full refunds.

It sent email notification to the first tranche of affected passengers on Friday, giving them the choice of a refund or an alternative flight.

The airline said it would waive a €40 (£35) surcharge normally levied to change flights.

The airline announced the plan on Friday, saying that it was "unacceptable" that its punctuality had fallen below 80 per cent in the first half of September, BBC reported.

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