Sunday 18 February 2018

'Performance may be ruined' - Irish dancers' dream trip to Disneyland threatened by Ryanair cancellation

Lucy (11) Sophie (7) and Nicole (4) with mum Caroline Kane
Lucy (11) Sophie (7) and Nicole (4) with mum Caroline Kane
Lucy (11) Sophie (7) and Nicole (4) with mum Caroline Kane
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A group of 80 Irish dancing students who are due to perform at Disneyland in Paris fear their hard work will “all be for nothing” after their Ryanair flight was cancelled.

Parents are now scrambling to make alternative travel plans after the Dublin to Beauvais flight on September 29 was among Ryanair’s lengthy list of affected flights.

Children from the Hunter Academy of Irish Dancing in Firhouse, Dublin have been preparing for the performance for six months.

59 out of the 80 dancers were due to travel on the now cancelled flight and parents are concerned the whole trip will be ruined.

Caroline Kane and her three daughters, aged 11, 7 and 4, have now booked to fly out on September 30 instead.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Mrs Kane described the whole situation as “a mess”.

Lucy (11) Sophie (7) and Nicole (4) with mum Caroline Kane
Lucy (11) Sophie (7) and Nicole (4) with mum Caroline Kane

“The amount of money, time and preparation that has gone into this... it’s so disappointing,” she said.

“A lot of us never even got an email. I’ve booked another flight now but I haven’t been able to allocate my seat as the website keeps crashing, so I’m worried my three daughters will be sitting by themselves.

"If some children and parents can't get there, the whole performance may be ruined.”

Mrs Kane said another parent got through to the Ryanair live chat and was advised that their flight hadn’t actually been cancelled, but it turned out the staff member had made a mistake.

“Some of us didn’t bother to try change our flight then when we were told this, but the staff member was wrong - our flight is cancelled.

“We have lost a whole day of our stay in Disney. While our flight home isn’t affected yet, we are worried we will end up stranded there with all this talk of strike action.”

Ryanair has cancelled up 50 flights daily over the next six weeks in what chief executive Michael O’Leary has called "a mess of our own making" in planning pilot holidays.

Full details of cancelled flights was published on Monday after passengers complained about being left in the dark over their flight status.

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