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Sunday 18 February 2018

'Ryanair have really messed up here' - Full list of cancelled flights released

Ryanair loses 140 pilots to Norwegian Air as travel chaos continues

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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So far in 2017 Ryanair has lost 140 pilots to Norwegian Air, as passengers continue to be affected by the budget airline's plans to scrap up to 50 flights a day until the end of October.

As the airline battles to fill positions, it is understood that Ryanair has commenced offering pilots a €10,000 "signing-on bonus" the Irish Independent reports.

The airline has blamed a number of factors including changes to staff rosters and air traffic control strikes for the cancellation of dozens of flights for the next six weeks.

However the Irish Independent reports that recruitment problems are also affecting the low-cost airline.

Earlier this month Norwegian Air confirmed it's to open a new pilot base in Dublin later this year, which will initially include around 40 pilots.

Norwegian's Ireland-based unit - Norwegian Air International (NAI) - already has a head office at Dublin Airport, which is headed by Tore Jenssen, and which employs over 80 people.

Read more: All you need to know about Ryanair travel chaos - and how to get your money back

At Dublin airport today a dozen Ryanair flights in or out of the airport have been cancelled, something which is being replicated in airports around Europe.

So far today Ryanair's share price has dropped almost 3pc to 16.56.

In total just under 400,000 passengers across Europe could be affected by the cancellations in the coming days and weeks.

Here is a list of cancelled flights today:

"We will cancel 40 to 50 flights daily for the next six weeks, (less than 2pc of our schedule) with a slightly higher number this weekend as we begin to implement these cancellations” Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said.

Editor in Chief of money.co.uk Hannah Maundrell said it is "so disappointing" for Ryanair passengers whose flights have been cancelled, especially at such late notice.

"Ryanair have really messed up here, but you shouldn’t be left out of pocket," she said.

"If your flight has been cancelled, ask for a refund. You should get your money back within 7 days or given an alternative flight. This should also apply to connecting flights you miss as a result, as long as they were booked together.

"If your flight is delayed by over two hours you should be able to get food and drink covered at the airport and accommodation if you need to stay overnight."

Ms Maundrell said that, generally, if your flight is delayed by over three hours you can claim compensation for the inconvenience. Cancellation amounts vary from €250 to €600 depending on your flight.

"If your other travel plans are impacted, look to your travel insurance for cover. This is when having a decent policy can really come in handy," she added.

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