>> This autumn will bring travel chaos for hundreds of thousands more Ryanair customers. That as the budget airline announces yet another raft of canceled flights. The company's also cut back its growth plans for the first time in years, all in a desperate bid to minimize the impact of a shortage of pilots.
The news is contrary to what Ryanair's boss Michael O'Leary had said last week, no more flights would be cancelled. Rostering issues caused the sudden grounding of over 2000 flights in September and October. That hit the airline's share price and reputation, impacting 300,000 people. But on Wednesday, Europe's largest airline by passenger numbers said it would cancel flights for around 400,000 extra passengers.
All to minimize flight delays, and so the pilots wouldn't have to reschedule holidays. In real terms, this means 25 fewer aircraft will fly from November, and 10 fewer from April next year. Despite all this, the company's not altering its forecast of 1.4 to 1.45 billion euros. And average fares are expected to be slightly lower over the next two months, as the airline promotes sale seats.
Ryanair will now no longer pursue its interest in Italian carrier Al Italia.