Budget airline Ryanair is cancelling up to 50 flights A DAY for the next six weeks.
Ryanair , who operate a number of routes from Newcastle International Airport to Europe, announced they would be scrapping flights to help staff catch up on their holiday entitlement.
In a statement issued, the no-frills airline “apologised sincerely to the small number of customers affected” and promised to try and rearrange flights.
A statement said the move was to realign staff’s annual holiday window and improve punctuality.
Robin Kiely said: “We have operated a record schedule (and traffic numbers) during the peak summer months of July and August but must now allocate annual leave to pilots and cabin crew in September and October (while still running the bulk of our summer schedule).
“This increased leave at a time of ATC capacity delays and strikes, has severely reduced our on-time performance over the past two weeks to under 80 per cent.
“By cancelling less than 2 per cent of our flying programme over the next six weeks, (until our winter schedule starts in early November) we can improve the operational resilience of our schedules and restore punctuality to our annualised target of 90%.
“We apologise sincerely to the small number of customers affected by these cancellations, and will be doing our utmost to arrange alternative flights and/or full refunds for them.”
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