The European Commission (EC) has vowed that it would ensure that the 50 daily cancellations by low-cost carrier Ryanair are carried out in compliance with European Union legislation.
Ryanair recently announced that it had plans to cancel 50 daily flights over the next six weeks. The reason? To improve timekeeping – a result of air traffic controller strikes, inclement weather and pilot and cabin staff holidays – as these have a drop in the airlines punctuality rate below 80% in the past two weeks.
“There is a set of European rules that are enforced at a national level and act as guarantees and in the event that a company does not respect these rules, people have to go to national level and claim their rights,” said the EC’s Chief Spokesman, Margaritis Schinas.
These rules include, among others “the right to reimbursement, re-routing or return, depending on the conditions, as well as the right to (airfare) compensation,” stated EC Transport Spokesperson, Enrico Brivio.
“It is not for the Commission to comment on operational decisions by the airlines but we expect Ryanair to comply with the European rules on passenger rights,” added Brivio, who repeated that airlines must inform their passengers of any cancellation two weeks prior to the flight.
Schinas remarked, “The intensity is so important that companies think twice before not complying with these rules.”
The Dublin-based airline announced it plans to cancel 2,000 flights, many of them either going to, or arriving from Spain but announced they will offer affected passengers with alternative flights or reimburse their airfare.