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Ryanair cancellations: Shannon Airport flights saved from the axe

Ryanair cancellations: Shannon Airport flights saved from the axe

When I hear the reports with the CEO's excuses and reported feedback from pilots that their colleagues have walked from an uncaring employer, I know which I believe.

In a letter to pilots, chief operations officer Michael Hickey said the firm's crewing forecast to the end of December was "for tighter pilot numbers".

"In recognition of the impact on you of the need to fly additional days I am implementing the following bonus scheme".

O'Leary also dismissed rumours that pilots are leaving the company to join rival Norwegian.

For some people, Ryanair's offer of an alternative won't help.

A full list of cancelled services is available here, on the Ryanair website.

Ryanair will also increase the payments that pilots receive when they spend a night away from their home base to 75 euros from 28 euros, the letter said.

The low-priced airline on Friday announced it would be cancelling up to 50 flights per day for the next six weeks "to improve its system-wide punctuality, which fell below 80 percent in the first two weeks of September".

The company explained on Monday that all of these airports were chosen owing to the significant frequency of flights to or from these destinations, which Ryanair is responsible for.

In Britain, a key market for Ryanair, aviation minister Martin Callanan said he was "very concerned" by the airline's actions. "The staff member was not apologetic for what happened and gave me no reason for the cancellation".

The firm is planning to axe up to 50 flights every day until the end of October across Europe. "We have only taken this decision to cancel this small proportion of our 2,500 daily flights so that we can provide extra standby cover and protect the punctuality of the 98 per cent of flights that will be unaffected by these cancellations".

ALL Ryanair flights are covered by European Union law, which means the airline must let customers choose between a full refund or an alternative flight. Previously, Ryanair staff took their vacations over an operational year from April to March. Ryanair has tried to resolve the situation by finding customers other flights and by providing them with EU-mandated compensation.

"A separate point of note is Ryanair saying that the problem will last for about six weeks", it said in a statement.

With the introduction of the winter schedule (November 1), the current problems would no longer exist, the carrier insisted.

"We did not focus on the concern we were causing to the 18 million passengers flying with us over the next six weeks", he said.

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