Ryanair cancellations affect up to 70 Danish flights

Ryanair has published a list of all flights that will be cancelled up to and including October 28th, including a total of 70 flights to and from Denmark.

Ryanair cancellations affect up to 70 Danish flights
People boarding a Ryanair flight at London's Stansted Airport earlier this month. Photo: Kevin Coombs/Reuters/Scanpix

The Danish cancellations primarily affect flights between Copenhagen and Charleroi near Belgian capital Brussels, where 40 flights have been cancelled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from September 25th to October 28th.

Flights on Thursdays between Copenhagen and Bergamo, northeast of Milan, have also been cancelled in the same period.

Other cancellations between September 20th and 24th affect Copenhagen, Billund and Aalborg airports.

The Irish low-budget airline announced on Friday last week that it was cancelling 2,000 flights over a six-week period to enable pilots to use contracted holiday.

Increases in holiday allowances for pilots and cabin staff have contributed to the backlog in staff leave, reports The Guardian.

After initially not announcing which flights would be affected by the cancellations, Ryanair was overwhelmed with requests for information by passengers, which appears to have led to the announcement on Sunday of cancelled flights up to and including September 20th, writes, which estimates up to 10,000 passengers traveling through Denmark will be affected by the cancellations.

The list was extended on Monday to cover all cancelled flights up to October 28th. All cancelled flights are now listed on Ryanair's website.

Ten of Ryanair’s 400 aircraft will be grounded until October 31st as a result of the issue.

The airline’s chief executive Michael O’Leary apologised “unreservedly” for “a mess of our own making” at a press conference in Dublin on Monday, according to The Guardian’s report.

O’Leary also said that he regretted the way in which the cancellations were initially handled by the airline.

“We did not focus on the concern we were causing to the 18 million passengers flying with us over the next six weeks,” he said.

On its website, Ryanair gives passengers hit by cancellations the option of applying for a refund or changing their flight, subject to availability.

But O’Leary added that secondary losses to customers, such as cancelled hotel or rental car bookings, would not be covered by the airline, nor would bills for rebooked flights with other airlines be footed.

“We will not pay for flights on other airlines. We cannot afford to pay the high costs of our competitors,” the CEO said according to The Guardian’s report.

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Delays expected as Copenhagen Airport low-cost airline baggage handlers strike

Employees with Copenhagen Flight Services (CFS) at Copenhagen Airport began strike action on Monday.

Delays expected as Copenhagen Airport low-cost airline baggage handlers strike
File photo: Thomas Lekfeldt/Scanpix 2015

Staff employed by the company handle baggage for a number of low-flight airlines which operate from Copenhagen Airport, including Easyjet and Ryanair.

Copenhagen Airport confirmed the strikes on Monday morning.

The strikes will “in all likelihood” lead to flight delays, according to the airport’s head of press communications Kasper Hyllested.

Hyllested said that a number of members of staff with Copenhagen Flight Services had been in industrial meetings, but no reason for the strike has been specified by CFS.

The company carries out baggage services for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet, which operate through a single concourse at the airport.

CFS has confirmed the strike to Copenhagen airport but has not given any information on its expected duration.

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