Ryanair to cancel all Scotland-London flights until March

Ryanair Holdings reduces growth plans to “eliminate all risk” of future flight cancellations

Ryanair Holdings reduces growth plans to “eliminate all risk” of future flight cancellations

Ryanair announced on Wednesday the cancellation of new flights between November 2017 and March 2018, which will affect some 400,000 persons.

In addition, it will operate ten fewer aircraft from April 2018, further affecting its growth plans.

We will not need pilots to give up one week of their well-earned annual leave from November onwards.

"From today, there will be no more rostering related flight cancellations this winter or in summer 2018", O'Leary added.

The airline is grounding 25 of its 400 aircraft from this November to March 2018 because of pilot shortages.

The 34 routes affected during the winter season include some United Kingdom domestic routes between London and Scotland, plus its only domestic route in Germany between Berlin and Cologne, where a gap in the market will soon be left by the insolvency of German carrier Air Berlin.

The budget airline has come under fire over the last week after it announced a number of flight cancellations.

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Ryanair had earlier this month said it would cancel 2,100 flights through October because it "messed up" the allocation of pilots' annual leave as it shifts to a new scheduling system.

Those customers affected by the cancellations will be placed on an alternative flight or receive a refund, while Ryanair has also offered a €40 single or €80 return voucher for those whose flights were cancelled.

To help allow it to "eliminate all management distractions" the airline has also ended its interest in purchasing Italy's Alitalia. Our full year traffic of 131 million will now moderate to 129 million, which is 7.5% up on last year.

The airline also said the total cost of the flight cancellations to date was less 25m euros (£22m) and expected the cost of the free flight vouchers would be less than £22m.

The airline, which has 4,200 pilots, hit back against the likes of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA over what it said were "false claims" about losing crew to rivals, saying just 100 captains and 160 first officers have left, mainly due to retirement and moves to long-haul operators.

Ryanair said: "We have notified the Alitalia bankruptcy Commissioners that we will not be pursuing our interest in Alitalia or submitting any further offers for the airline".

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