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Ryanair reveals full list of cancelled flights to and from France

Ryanair has announced its complete list of cancellations until the end of October, after making up to 400,000 frustrated passengers wait to find out if they were among those affected.

Ryanair reveals full list of cancelled flights to and from France
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Ryanair has revealed its full list of cancelled flights until the end of October, after causing uproar among customers across France and Europe on Monday with its announcement that up to 50 flights would be grounded every day for the next six weeks. 
 
Flights between Paris Beauvais and Dublin, as well as Paris Beauvais and Porto are among the routes badly affected, as are journeys between Toulouse and Brussels, and Toulouse and London. 
 
Flights between Marseille and Rome are also among the cancellations scheduled from Monday 25th September until October 28th. 
 
Initially, the Irish airline refused to release a full list, instead publishing a list of cancellations up until Wednesday September 20th, which include flights to and from Paris Beauvais, Toulouse, Lourdes, Tours and Bordeaux. 
 
In response to the cancellations, French consumer magazine 60 Millions de consommateurs has alerted disappointed passengers to their rights in the matter. 
 
While Ryanair indicates the process for changing a flight or getting a refund on its site, the consumer mag says it has been far more discreet about the “the compensation that passengers have a right to claim on top”. 
 
European regulations stipulate that there should be extra compensation for passengers whose flights are cancelled with less than two weeks notice if the company is not offering another flight that arrives within four hours of the one originally booked, explains the magazine. 
 
The compensation can go up to €250 for flights of less than 1,500 km and €400 for European flights of more than 1,500 km. 
 
Passengers who think they're eligible can fill out the request form for the extra compensation HERE
 
For passengers who also booked places to stay, the case could end up going before a tribunal, said the magazine. 
 
Ryanair says the move to cancel flights has been taken in order to improve punctuality, that has fallen below its target of 90 percent of flights.
 
The company blames that deterioration in performance on the impact of strikes, adverse weather and a backlog of leave for pilots of crews.

 

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Ryanair demands that Air France give up French airport slots in exchange for state aid

Budget airline Ryanair urged on Wednesday that Air France be forced to give up lucrative French airport slots if it receives more state aid.

Ryanair demands that Air France give up French airport slots in exchange for state aid
Could Air France be forced to give up airport slots if it accepts more aid from the French state? Photo: AFP

Paris is in talks with European Union officials on the delicate issue of state aid to the French flagship carrier, which has already received substantial help from the government.

“Should yet another enormous and illegal state aid bailout occur, then effective remedies must be applied to ensure fair competition in the French market and to protect the interests of the French consumer / visitor,” a Ryanair statement said.

The low-cost airline is based in Ireland and regularly underscores the amount of money being allocated to keep struggling rivals in the air.

In exchange for more aid, Air France must be prepared to give up “a substantial number of its take-off and landing slots at key French airports including Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly and Lyon,” Ryanair argued.

French officials and the European Commission are currently discussing the terms of a further recapitalisation of the Air France-KLM group, which has suffered from the Covid-19 crisis.

EU officials have already indicated that in exchange for their approval, Air France should give up coveted slots at Paris' Orly airport, which is essentially saturated now.

Air France on the other hand has indicated that such a move posed a serious threat because it was counting on Orly operations to help it rebound from the crisis.

French officials want to avoid putting Air France, which was struggling even before the pandemic, at a competitive disadvantage.

Ryanair urged EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager to “stand firm in her discussions with the French government.

“Either Air France gets no state aid or proper remedies should be put in place to ensure a fair and level playing field for all airlines,” it insisted.

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