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Ryanair targets Stansted for cancelled flights

Stansted airport in Essex is to be targeted by Ryanair for cancelled flights. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted airport in Essex is to be targeted by Ryanair for cancelled flights because it is their busiest hub airport with other alternative flights and destinations.

The company has been heavily criticised for cancelling 50 flights a day across its European network until the end of October.

In a press conference, Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Leary apologised to passengers for the uncertainly caused by the airline.

He said two routes of the 41 operated by the airline through Stansted would be affected in the next six weeks although the company has not yet revealed which they are.

Ryanair said overall the cancellations will affect less than 2% of all customers over the next 6 weeks and the majority of these passengers will be offered alternative flights on the same or next day.

The company says passengers who don't take alternative flights will receive a full refund and compensation.

Mr O'Leary said it expected compensation claims would cost the company nearly £18 million and there would be more than £4 million in lost revenue.

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More Stansted Ryanair flights to be cancelled

Ryanair will be cancelling 2% of flights until the end of October. Credit: PA

Furious Ryanair travellers have demanded that the airline provide immediate clarity over cancelled flights. The airline has announced cancellations of between 1,500 to 2,000 flights over the next six weeks.

Four Dublin and 11 London flights were among 82 flights cancelled on Sunday. Stansted was the worst affected airport.

The airline said it sent an email to anybody who was booked on a flight up to and including Wednesday September 20 which has been cancelled but it has not said when people are booked to travel after that date will be notified.

Passengers have accused the airline of treating them "appallingly" and demanded it publishes a full list of the flights to be cancelled over the next six weeks.

Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer, said the company was "working hard to fix" the problem, after it announced a 2% reduction in scheduled flights until the end of October.

Ryanair to cancel 50 flights a day for next six weeks

Flights axed in a bid to improve punctuality Credit: Ryanair

Bosses at Ryanair have announced that is cancelling up to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks - to make its schedule more punctual.

The airline which is based at Stansted said the flights axed would affect less than 2 per cent of its passengers and anyone hit would be offered alternative flights or refunded.

In a statement on its website the company said the move would:

"...improve its system-wide punctuality which has fallen below 80% in the first two weeks of September through a combination of ATC capacity delays and strikes, weather disruptions and the impact of increased holiday allocations to pilots and cabin crew as the airline moves to allocate annual leave during a 9 month transition period."

– Ryanair

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Ryanair flight diverted due to 'disruptive passenger'

The flight was travelling from Sofia to London Stansted Credit: PA

A 'disruptive passenger' has forced a Stansted-bound flight to be diverted to Austria.

The flight from Bulgaria stopped in the Austrian city of Linz and a 46-year-old Bulgarian national was handed over to police.

Austrian state broadcaster ORF say the disruption was 'alcohol-related'.

The aircraft landed normally and the passenger was removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft continued to London Stansted shortly after.

We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.

– Ryanair spokesman

Ryanair raise profit forecast

Rise in profits for Ryanair Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ryanair, based at Stansted, has raised its profit forecast after a better-than-expected summer.

They recorded half year profits of 478 million pounds thanks to passenger numbers rising by seven per cent to 48 million in the six months to September, a rise in fares and lower fuel costs.

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