RYANAIR EXPECTS CURRENT FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS TO CONTINUE UNTIL AT LEAST 1300HRS MONDAY 19TH APRIL
Ryanair, today (Fri 16th April) confirmed that based on current meteorological forecasts, and the continuing emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere over Iceland, it has decided to cancel all scheduled flights to/from the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Northern France, Northern Germany, Poland and the Baltic States until 1300hrs on Mon 19 April. This advice is based on the current stable weather trends which continue to blow potentially dangerous volcanic ash across the British Isles, Scandinavia and the Northern European coastline.
This decision has been taken by Ryanair in order to allow passengers to apply for a full refund or rebook onto flights operating later next week, when Ryanair hopes that improved weather conditions may allow normal flight services to resume. Ryanair is anxious to give intending passengers as much information as possible, as far in advance as possible, to allow them to make alternative arrangements. Ryanair continues to post regular flight information updates on the flight information page on www.ryanair.com. The latest Met forecast for the effected area at 0600hrs on 17th April shows the extensive scale of the area effected by this volcanic ash (see attached).
Announcing these further cancellations today, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:
“This spreading cloud of volcanic ash is an unprecedented event in Ryanair’s 26 year history, and we are continuing to work around the clock to minimise its effects on our schedules. All of Ryanair’s flights in central and Southern Continental Europe are operating as normal, but we cannot take any safety risks with our aircraft, passengers or people in the British Isles, Scandinavia or the Northern Europe coastline, as long as current meteorological forecasts suggest that the prevailing winds will continue to spread this volcanic ash across the airspace of these countries.
We hope that by cancelling all Ryanair flights over these affected countries until 1300hrs on Monday 19th April next, we can give passengers as much notice as possible to allow them to apply for refunds or rebook alternative Ryanair flights later next week, instead of – as has been the case for the last two days – allowing people to rebook on flights tomorrow, only to find that those rebooked flights are then cancelled as a result of this continuing volcanic ash problem.
We apologise sincerely to all Ryanair customers whose travel plans have been disrupted by these cancellations. We have teams of our people will be working throughout the weekend to send email advisories to all passengers scheduled to travel on cancelled Ryanair flights during Saturday, Sunday and early Monday morning, to enable them apply for full refunds or to rebook on Ryanair flights later next week, by which time we hope that either the prevailing winds will have changed direction or the ash cloud will have dispersed sufficiently to allow flights to operate safely across Ireland, the UK, Scandinavia and the Northern European coastline.
Ryanair will continue to monitor the situation closely and will release further flight info and travel advisories to intending passengers on our website at www.ryanair.com