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Ryanair cancels Scottish flights to London Stansted over the winter

Ryanair cancels Scottish flights to London Stansted over the winter

Ryanair (RYA.L, RYAAY) confirmed it will slow its growth this winter (November 2017 to March 2018), by flying 25 less aircraft (of its 400 fleet) from November, and 10 fewer aircraft (of 445) from April 2018.

The regulator added that Ryanair also stopped short of providing details on its obligations to refund additional expenses incurred by passengers as a result of cancellations and re-routing.

The move has come after the company admitted "messing up" pilot holiday rosters.

But on Wednesday the airline, Europe's largest by passenger numbers, said it would cancel flights for around 400,000 passengers in addition to 300,000 impacted by earlier travel cancellations.

That means the airline will be left without any internal mainland United Kingdom services over the winter period.

Ryanair has also offered the vouchers to the 315,000 customers whose flights were previously cancelled over a six week period in September and October.

The decision to cancel a further 18,000 flights will impact upon Ryanair's growth plan for the winter months, and that a slower rate of growth will slightly reduce its traffic this year and next.

Ryanair's Michael O'Leary added: "We sincerely apologise to those customers who have been affected by last week's flight cancellations, or these sensible schedule changes announced today".

The flights chaos has occurred due to an error with Ryanair's annual leave allocation, which meant pilots were due more time off than they had been given.

The latest wave of cancelations will affect 400,000 passengers, suspending 34 routes during the winter season.

Ryanair said Wednesday slower growth going forward will create "lots of spare aircraft and crews" across its 86 bases this winter. The passengers will also receive a travel voucher for £40 one-way or £80 return, which can be used to book the Irish flight for travel between October and March 2018.

Fewer than 1% of the 50 million travellers the airline will transport this winter are affected and each has been informed of the cancellations, which gives them the possibility of being reimbursed or changing their flights, Ryanair said.

See our Ryanair cancels 100s of flights news story for a full rundown of your rights and what you can try if you're affected.

Ryanair customers can find out which flights are affected and about compensation or re-scheduling arrangements on the company's website.

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