Ryanair has now announced more cancellations of flights this winter that will affect 400,000 passengers. These flights will be cancelled for the winter season with scheduled flights being stopped from November.
These cancellations will affect 34 winter Ryanair scheduled flights with two that affect passengers flying to Spanish airports. One cancelled flight links Gran Canaria with Glasgow, and the other links Castellon with Sofia in Bulgaria. The Glasgow flight to Gran Canaria was previously scheduled for weekly flights, and the flight between the Bulgarian capital city and Castellon in Spain was scheduled for twice weekly flights.
Between 17 November and 18 March 2018, 25 of Ryanair’s 400 aircraft will remain grounded, which will affect 18,000 flights. In addition, Ryanair says that from April 2018 it will stop operating 10 of its planes, which will mean further cancellations and modifications to its planned schedule of flights for summer 2018.
The Spanish State Air Safety Agency (AESA) has reminded passengers that Ryanair is required by EU law to book passengers on alterative flights with another airline, and that the company cannot charge passengers management fees if they accept being transferred to another airline. All passengers can claim reimbursement of their tickets at no cost or alternative transport to their destination. If Ryanair does not give 14 days notice, then passengers are entitled to be compensated financially for flight cancellations, which could depend on the distance of the flight and would be between 250 euros and 400 euros.
Companies are exempt from compensation claims if cancellation is due to extraordinary circumstances, such as weather or a strike; when the company reports between 2 weeks and 7 days in advance but offers alternative transport that does not imply a delay of more than 2 hours at departure and 4 hours at arrival; and when reporting less than 7 days in advance but the alternative flight does no imply a delay of more than one hour at departure and two hours at arrival.
AESA advised any passengers affected by cancelled flights to keep their tickets and other documents to make claims against the company.
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