Brussels South Charleroi Airport affected by Ryanair flight cancellations

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:32
Ryanair passengers can expect cancelled flights to or from a number of destinations through to the end of October. Ryanair passengers can expect cancelled flights to or from a number of destinations through to the end of October. © Belga
Following Ryanair’s decision to cancel flights, Charleroi features amongst the nine most affected airports.
The low-cost Irish carrier communicated on Monday that it will be cancelling nearly 2,000 flights between now and the end of October. For example, one of its aeroplanes out of the 13 based in Gosselies will not undertake the originally scheduled flights. However, we still do not yet know precisely which destinations will be affected.

The company is due to publish this evening a comprehensive list of all flights cancelled through to October 31st. Ryanair decided to cancel all of these flights owing to “a problem related to pilots’ days off in the roster system” but with the objective of “re-establishing airline punctuality.” The company continues to insist that only 2% of all of its flights are affected by this.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) features amongst the nine airports with cancelled flights during the next six weeks. This is along with Barcelona, Dublin, Lisbon, London Stansted, Madrid, Milan Bergamo, Portugal’s Porto International Airport and Rome Fiumicino Airport.

The company explained on Monday that all of these airports were chosen owing to the significant frequency of flights to or from these destinations, which Ryanair is responsible for. An additional factor is that there are flights several times a day, either to or from the affected destinations.

As alluded to earlier, Ryanair will publish this evening a comprehensive list of all flights cancelled through to the end of October. Its Chief Executive Michael O’Leary acknowledged in a press conference yesterday afternoon that the company has spent the whole weekend drawing up a roster to cover these cancellations. In this way, O’Leary believes that it will be possible to offer an alternative flight, on the same day as any given cancelled flight, to 75% of affected passengers during the period.

This series of cancellations will cause an immediate impact of €25 million to the Irish company’s accounts. The CEO went on, “We anticipate an impact of up to €5 million on our profitability in the six weeks to come. Moreover we are budgeting for a maximum amount of €20 million for indemnities” due to passengers as a consequence of these circumstances.

Christopher Vincent
The Brussels Times
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