Friday 22 June 2018

Air traffic control strikes and staff shortages sees Ryanair cancel more than 1,000 flights in May

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Low fares airline Ryanair cancelled over 1,100 flights in May as air traffic control strikes and staff shortages among air traffic controllers took its toll.

More than 200,000 customers had flights cancelled during the month, largely due to air traffic control strikes in France, staff shortages among air traffic controllers and thunderstorms, according to the airline.

In a statement today Ryanair said that it was calling for "immediate" action from the European Union Commission to prevent further air traffic control strikes and staff shortages disrupting the travel plans of European consumers this summer.

"Regrettably over 200,000 Ryanair customers had their flights cancelled in May because of ATC strikes (mostly French), ATC staff shortages and thunderstorms," Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer at Ryanair, said.

"Ryanair calls for immediate EU Commission action to prevent more ATC strikes and staff shortages disrupting the travel plans of Europe’s consumers this summer."

Overall passenger traffic was up 6pc year-on-year at the airline to 12.5 million, while the load factor grew 1pc year-on-year to 96pc.

Rolling annual traffic at the airline to May grew 8pc to 132.1 million customers.

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