Ryanair CEO takes rap for costly cancellations 'cock up'

Ryanair cancels 106 Portugal flights

"We can confirm that 140 pilots have joined Norwegian from Ryanair this year", said a statement Monday from the Scandinavian airline.

Ryanair is advising customers that they have two options when it comes to their cancelled flight- claim a refund or change your flight.

He said the cancellations have been allocated, where possible, to its bigger base airports, and routes with multiple daily frequencies so the airline can offer the maximum number of alternate flights and routes in order to minimise inconvenience to passengers.

While it now calculates crew leave from April to March, the Irish Aviation Authority is forcing it to calculate it from January to December from the start of 2018. Most of the cancelled flights are to or from Ryanair's busiest airports, including Barcelona, Rome and Stansted.

On Saturday, the airline released a list of all of the flights that have been cancelled until Wednesday September 20.

Hannah Maundrell, editor in chief of price comparison site Money.co.uk, says: "It's so disappointing for Ryanair passengers whose flights have been cancelled especially at such late notice".

Mr O'Leary said most people would still be able to fly on the same day.

Barring exceptional circumstances, airlines must under European Union rules provide at least two weeks' notice to avoid paying compensation of €250 per passenger for flights of 1,500 km or less or €400 for longer flights within the bloc.

Over the weekend the airline published a list of affected flights up to Wednesday. It says it will contact customers directly, and you can also check on the Ryanair website if you're affected.

While Ryanair said those whose flights were cancelled would get full refunds or alternative flights - the move has angered hundreds of passengers.

You should keep any food, transport or accommodation receipts to use when making a claim for compensation. Your flight is operating as usual unless you receive an email.

There are multiple flights to and from Ireland to be found on most of the days of cancellations.

He said: "Travellers affected will be understandably upset and have every right to expect help and support from the airline".

Compensation is also only payable if the cancellation is the airline's fault.

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