Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Ryanair cancellations affect up to 70 Danish flights

Ryanair cancellations affect up to 70 Danish flights

He says that tomorrow Ryanair will launch a new app to show individual duty patterns, including days off, and will allow staff to select the period they wish to work, and the preferred base from which to work. The company is cancelling 40-50 flights a day for the next six weeks.

Despite the cock-up, the flyer was yesterday still selling tickets for flights that it has already cancelled.

CEO Michael O'Leary said Monday that the cost of compensation will run up to 20 million euros ($24 million).

As previously stated, Ryanair have informed up to 400,000 passengers of cancelled flights after a "mess-up" regarding the schedule of their pilots.

Multiple airports across the country will be affected, including both of Rome's airports as well as Ryanair hubs in Milan, Naples, Venice, Bari, Bologna, Brindisi, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia, Pisa, and Trapani.

He said: "In terms of lost profitability we think it will cost us something of the order of up to about five million euros (£4.4 million) over the next six weeks and in terms of the EU261 compensation we think that will be something up to a maximum of 20 million euros but much depends on how numerous alternative flights our customers take".

A spokesperson for Norwegian said: "We can confirm that 140 pilots have joined us from Ryanair this year".

A "backlog of annual leave" and "over-allocation of holidays" were the excuses offered at a press conference by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary.

While Ryanair now calculates crew leave from April to March, the Irish Aviation Authority is forcing it to calculate leave from January to December from the start of 2018, he added.

The company says most affected passengers will be offered alternative flights on the same or next day. Every passenger who is entitled to compensation will receive it in full, he added. It has issued cancellation notices up until Wednesday.

Analysts at Dublin-based Goodbody Stockbrokers estimated the cancellations would cost the airline about 34.5 million euros ($41.2 million) m - comprising 23.5 million euros in compensation, 6.3 million euros in lost fees, and 4.7 million euros in subsistence such as meals, drinks and accommodation.

In July, Ryanair reiterated its 1.4 billion to 1.45 billion euro forecast for the financial year ending March 31, 2018.

On its website, Ryanair gives passengers hit by cancellations the option of applying for a refund or changing their flight, subject to availability. O'Leary said at the time he was not happy with that figure, seeking a mark of over 90 percent.

Ryanair are expected to be paying €25m (£22m) in compensation payouts and other costs.

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