Because of a new Irish law, companies are now obliged to give their employees all of their legal vacation days before the end of the year (I don't know how it was before, I have the impression a company could decide when 'the year' started before?). Because they have four months to go to meet these requirements, a lot of staff and pilots needs to take up their vacation in the coming months.
This made Ryanair decide to force a lot of employees to take their vacation days in the next few weeks, as to be conform the law. The result: a push of many flights being cancelled.
The shitty thing is, they have only givin their customers a heads-up two days prior, which led to many problems for people departing on holiday or coming back, who don't have a flight back in time or don't have the time to rebook in time.
Ryanair has tried to appease angry customers by publishing lists of all flights to be cancelled until Wednesday, after 82 failed to take off on Sunday, with the airline admitting it had mismanaged the planning of pilot holidays.
However, this will do little to calm nerves as travellers are demanding to know which flights will be cancelled over the next six weeks when Ryanair has said there would be up to 2,000 cancellations. Up to 400,000 passengers could be affected.
Ryanair is cancelling about 55 flights a day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “We will cancel 40 to 50 flights daily for the next six weeks, less than 2% of our schedule, with a slightly higher number initially, as we begin to implement these cancellations.
“Flights are operating as scheduled unless an email confirming a cancellation has been received. Cancellation notices for flights cancelled up to and including Wednesday 20 September have been sent to affected customers and posted on the Ryanair.com website. We will continue to send regular updates and post flight information on our website, with the next set of cancellations to be issued on Monday. We apologise sincerely to all affected customers for these cancellations.”
I'm flying on monday the 25th with them, so I don't know as of yet if my flight will go trough. If they wait untill two days prior, I'll be having to rebook 4 tickets asap, as I fly back with another company, so I'm not getting a refund if I miss that flight. On the one hand, I hope it comes trough to spare me the hassle, on the other hands, in Europe you are very well protected as a customer. If they cancel the flight less than two weeks before departure, they not only have to provide you with an alternative or pay for your other flight at another companty (+ expenses), you also have the right to up to 600 euro's (unless you arrive within 4 hours of your original scheduled time with your alternative flight).
I would be able to get 400 euros times 4, so that's not pocket money anymore.
For those affected: know your rights! http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens...r/index_en.htm
Cancel my flight if old.