Ryanair announced yesterday that it had cancelled hundreds of flights across Europe last minute, and would be cancelling 40-50 flights a day for the next six weeks.
82 flights were cancelled yesterday, and 80 today, leaving people rushing to try find alternative transport.
In a statement the airline company said that it has been forced to reduce its flight programme to accommodate a backlog of crew leave.
"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."
"Ryanair’s on-time performance has declined from 90% to under 80% over the past two weeks, a figure that is unacceptable to Ryanair and its customers."
"By reducing its scheduled flying programme over the next six weeks by less than 2% (of its over 2,500 daily flights), the airline will create additional standby aircraft which will help restore on-time performance to its 90% average."
Passengers received a text informing them that their flights had been cancelled.
So, what to do if your flight is cancelled?
- You can try rebook on to another flights on the website, and are entitled to a full refund if your flight is delayed by more than three hours, which you can claim here.
- Airlines must compensate people for the disruption, including food, bus/train travel, accommodation and other expenses, so KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS.
Ryanair has not yet announced which flights will be cancelled in the future, and passengers could expect to get a text a day or hours before to say their flight has been cancelled.