Check Here if Your Ryanair Flight Is Among 2,300 Canceled Through October

Sep 19, 2017

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Ryanair’s planning debacle has, for the most part, left passengers in the dark. When the low-cost carrier (and Europe’s biggest airline) first announced that it would cancel thousands of flights, it specified only that passengers could expect 40-50 cancellations per day for the next six weeks. Now, we know just how many flights and which routes are affected by Ryanair messing up the planning of pilot vacation. That’s 2,326 flights in total through October 28.

Ryanair has published a page on its website with all of the flight cancellations over the course of the next six weeks. On the page, it says that up to 50 flights per day (less than 2% of flights) have been canceled, however there are 12 days with more than 50 flights canceled. So while there is now a list of the scheduled cancellations, the actual total of canceled flights is higher than Ryanair itself is saying.

I feel like I have already experienced bench seats on Ryanair!

In a press conference on Monday, the company’s CEO Michael O’Leary said that the cancellations could cost it up to €25 million (€5 million in profits and €20 million in compensation) and affect 300,000 travelers — a costly mistake. If you have plans to travel through that time, be sure to check your specific date of travel below to ensure your flight isn’t canceled:

Ryanair says it will also contact affected passengers via email. At this time, the Dublin-based carrier is telling passengers whose flights have been canceled to do one of two things: apply for a refund or change the canceled flight, free of charge. If you wish to cancel your reservation outright and claim a full refund, you’ll have to apply for one by filling out the form on this page. Refunds will be processed within seven business days and, if approved, will be refunded to the form of payment used for the original booking.

Alternatively, Ryanair is allowing affected passengers to change their flight for free. O’Leary said that 75% of all affected passengers will be accommodated on flights departing on the same day as their flight that was canceled. If you’re looking to change your flight, Ryanair says that the easiest way is to do so online. If you require rerouting, the carrier is advising you to contact customer service — either using its online chat or by phone.

Image by Pier Marco Tacca / Getty Images.
Image by Pier Marco Tacca / Getty Images

Also remember that Ryanair is subject to passenger-friendly EU flight regulations, which is why it could be so relatively lenient with its policies, which are usually heavy on fees. Check out this post for more details on the EU cancellation and delay policy.

As for what caused this planning debacle, O’Leary said that the carrier is not short on pilots. In addition, he said that the airline spent most of last weekend planning which flights to cancel to cause less of a disruption, but O’Leary still called the cancellations “a mess.”

If you have travel booked with Ryanair through October, it’ll be best to keep an eye on your email to ensure your flight isn’t one of those that have been canceled, in case the airline does cancel more flights. If your flight is among those affected, consider acting sooner rather than later. Since Ryanair is offering passengers the option of switching to same-day flights free of charge, other passengers on canceled flights will likely be quick to act, filling up seats on alternative flights.

Featured image by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso / Getty Images.

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