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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Affected By Flight Cancellations?

Unless you've had your head buried underneath a rock (or don't own a TV or go on Twitter...) you may have noticed that RyanAir have been causing quite the stir. Just last week RyanAir released their second 'batch' of flight cancellations which are set to affect more than 400,000 people. In total, 18,000 flights have been cancelled on 32 different routes between November and March. Crazy. The reason for the many flight cancellations is that RyanAir have been suffering from a staff shortage. To put it bluntly, RyanAir themselves wrote on Facebook: "We have messed up in the planning of pilot holidays and we're working hard to fix that". Right. The whole fiasco has been dubbed 'Europe's worst-ever case of staff shortage'.


If you are set to be affected by the flight cancellations, here are a few handy tips to get familiar with. RyanAir have published a full list of cancellations should you need to check flights.

  • "You have the right to be rerouted to your final destination shown on your ticket at the earliest opportunity under comparable transport conditions or rebooking at a later date if that is more convenient for you" (stated by EU Rules) - basically, it is up to RyanAir to to reroute you as early as possible. 
  • If you are not offered an alternative route (which is breaching the EU Rules), you are entitled to be reimbursed for purchasing a new flight ticket
  • If your accommodation at your destination is non-cancellable, RyanAir are not entitled to pay for this - you have to go via travel insurance. 
  • Regarding compensation, an airline must refund the price of the ticket plus compensation depending on the distance of your flight. If you are given over two weeks notice, the airline must refund the ticket, however they are not obliged to compensate. 

What can you do if you are affected by flight cancellations?

If you have been affected by flight cancellations or delays, Flight Delay Claims 4 U - an easy online flight compensation expert website - can help. Simply visit the website, enter your details including your flight number and date and submit a claim. There is a handy list of all live flight delays and cancellations and with a click of a button you are able to claim on any flight that you should have been on. Even if your flight was disrupted as long as six years ago with RyanAir you could still be entitled to up to £540. 

Were you affected by the RyanAir flight cancellations?

This is a collaborative post. 

12 comments:

  1. You have reminded me that I have to submit a claim from some flights that were severely delayed this summer! Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. This is great advice to help others who are affected by the flight cancellations, it must be so worrying to be left stranded or miss a holiday due to the cancellations!

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  3. And the most important part is once this over with,never use RyanAir ever again. If the pilots are this poorly staffed....imagine how bad the plane maintenance must be.

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  4. I think it would be awful to fork out so much money for a trip only to have the airline cancel the flight. We flew Ryan Air in the summer; never again!

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  5. Great idea this post, so many people will have problems at the moment with everything going on and it is always good to be in the know :) x

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  6. It's been a nightmare for people and now Monarch problems too :( Great advice for people!

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  7. Thankfully I haven't been affected but I feel for those that have. This is sound and useful advice for those affected.

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  8. I think it must be hard for anyone affected by a flight cancellation. It's awful for anyone but especially for people who work so hard and have plans. :(

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  9. I haven't been affected, but it must be so frustrating for those people that have been. All those plans changed.

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  10. I haven't experienced a flight cancellation yet but I remember when British Airways were having issues! These are really good tips!

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  11. Thankfully, I haven't been affected, but it's a shame to hear about those who have! It's great to know that there are options for those that need guidance.

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  12. One key piece of additional advice is to book with a credit card whenever possible to give yourself that extra piece of cover, such as the recent situation for flight only customers of Monarch. At the same time, despite all the terrible news this type of thing really is very rare.

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