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Ryanair flight cancellations 2017: The London flights affected by Irish airline messing up pilot holidays

Ryanair sought to offer customers greater clarity over a raft of upcoming cancelled flights with a list of those affected until Wednesday.

The airline has admitted it “messed up” the planning of pilot holidays, and as a result, will be cancelling 40 to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks. However, 82 were grounded yesterday, so the Irish carrier has since published a list of all the flights that will be cancelled up to and including Wednesday, with the next batch of cancellations to be published today.

Shares in the airline were down three per cent in morning trading.

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Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said:

We will cancel 40 to 50 flights daily for the next six weeks, less than two per cent 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. We advise customers to check the email address used to make their booking.


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.

How many London flights are cancelled?

As for flights from the capital affected, today there’s one from London Gatwick and 11 from Stansted are cancelled,

Today, a Gatwick flight to Dublin is cancelled, along with Stansted flights to Budapest, Tallinn, Prague, Warsaw Modlin, Anocona, Oslo, Luxembourg, Glasgow, Barcelona and Edinburgh.

Tomorrow, a Luton flight to Faro has been scratched, and Stansted flights to Porto, Madrid, Szczecin, Bari, Gdansk, Biarritz, Tours, Riga and Rome Ciampino.

On Wednesday, 13 Stansted flights have got the chop, spanning destinations including Bergerac, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund, Toulouse and Strasbourg.

The full list of cancelled flights so far can be viewed here.

Most of the cancellations are due to a backlog of staff leave, which has resulted in a large chunk of the airline’s staff book holiday towards the end of the year. It is moving the allocation of annual leave during a nine month transition period from April to March to a calendar year (January to December) from 1 January onwards.

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