An airliner cancels up to 50 flights per day to improve its punctuality

Ryan Air on Friday has proclaimed a plan to cancel up to 50 flights per day until the end of October. Up to 400,000 Ryan Air passengers’ flight has been canceled over the next six weeks. The cancellation of flights might affect around 2, 85,000 destinations.

The reason behind the cancellation is staffs shortage. Ryan Air says it is a bid to improve its system-wide punctuality and has apologized “to the small number of customers affected by these cancellations”.  Ryan air’s marketing director, Kenny Jacobs, said: “We have messed up in the planning of pilot holidays and we’re working hard to fix that.” The “tighter crewing numbers”, said to be the outcome of a new leave calendar, means pilots and cabin crew need urgently to take vacations.

The airline says it is canceling up to 50 flights a day until the end of October because of its regularity has slipped from nine out of 10 flights to eight out of 10 over the past fortnight.

The airline believed it would waive a 40 euro ($48) surcharge normally levied to change flights. On each of Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September, more than 80 Ryan air flights were canceled.

Mr. Jacobs said that there was “a slightly higher number this weekend as we begin to implement these cancellations. Passengers were asked to choose between claiming a refund and rebooking their flight after they were told shortly before the departure that their plane has been canceled.

“By canceling less than 2 percent of our flying program over the next six weeks, we can improve the operational resilience of our schedules and restore punctuality to our annualized target of 90 percent,” says the airline. It shows that the airline is trying its best to improve the situation by having standby aircraft ready it will improve punctuality.


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