Ryanair can't rule out further flight cancellations

Ryanair Cancels Flights Due to Scheduling Mishap; Airline Released Complete List of Cancelled Flights

Ryanair Cancels Flights Due to Scheduling Mishap; Airline Released Complete List of Cancelled Flights

To ease the on-going crisis, Ryanair (ryaof) had offered pilots a tax-free one-time bonus of £12,000 (about $16,000) if they agreed to work extra days, which would have headed off further cancellations.

Pilots at London Stansted, Dublin, Frankfurt and Berlin were offered the pay rise year, with similar offers at other airports dependent on whether those bases have a surplus of pilots.

However, the bonus is not applicable to pilots who have resigned and are working their notice prior to 31 October 2018, nor will it be offered to pilots with more than four unauthorised absences during this period.

The Italian antitrust authority on Wednesday opened a probe into Ryanair for alleged improper commercial practices over the Irish low-priced airline's mass cancellation of flights, including over 700 in Italy.

As a result, the airline said it had to allocate annual leave to pilots in September and October.

Micheal O'Leary apologised to shareholders, and again to customers, for the cancellation of 2,100 of its over 103,000 flights, due to a failure within its pilot rostering function.

He dismissed talk of possible industrial action, including reported plans for a work-to-rule, saying: "There isn't a union".

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It said new contracts "should help stop the large number of colleagues who are leaving for 'greener pastures'".

There are reportedly many employees on the verge of abandoning Ryanair for other airlines in Europe - which would add to the current flight cancellation chaos.

What should I do if my flight is cancelled?

O'Leary later insisted there were no problems between the company and the pilots and that if they misbehave "that will be the end of the goodies". With pilots rejecting the latest offer, there is a risk of more cancellations in the future.

Ryanair will force pilots to delay planned annual leave as it battles to overcome shortages in coming weeks.

Separately, some Ryanair pilots have spoken to the BBC about a "toxic" atmosphere and how they felt "undervalued".

Ryanair said that by the end of this week, it expects to have re-accommodated, or authorised refund requests, to over 95 percent of the 315,000 customers affected by these cancellations.

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