Ryanair stops flights until Friday
Published 20/04/2010 | 17:16
Ryanair will not operate any flights between Ireland and the UK until at least Friday, the company said.
Airline boss Michael O'Leary said he hoped the move would free up aircraft to begin flying stranded passengers in and out of mainland Europe on Thursday.
Mr O'Leary said most passengers going between Ireland and Britain could opt for ferries allowing the carrier to put on extra flights across the continent.
He also offered weary and cash-strapped travellers some discount - the airline will waive check-in and baggage fees as handling agents clear massive backlogs.
But the goodwill gestures stopped there with Mr O'Leary insisting Ryanair would limit reimbursement of customers' expenses for their days stranded to the original air fare they paid.
"I again wish to apologise sincerely to all Ryanair passengers for the disruptions they have suffered over the past seven days, and to assure them that we are working around the clock to provide them with as much information as we can, as early as we can, in order to minimise the disruptions and inconvenience they are suffering," he said.
"We continue to prioritise the safety of our passengers, crews and aircraft both prior to and following their return to service."
Ryanair is planning a number of test flights across Europe late Wednesday to assess whether it believes services should resume in northern Europe on Thursday.