Ryanair agrees to pay for flights on rival airlines
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has stepped in after Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said the budget carrier would not pay for passengers to take flights on other airlines, stating that that was not required under EU flight delay law. This comes amid widespread disruption caused by Ryanair cancelling thousands of flights.
The CAA wrote directly to O’Leary on Monday and says it has confirmation Ryanair will use other airlines to help those affected, if required. The regulator has promised to “closely monitor” the situation, and will consider enforcement action if the airline does not comply.
Ryanair says a total of 2,100 flights have been cancelled, affecting 315,000 customers, which it blames on pilots being owed leave. It published a full list of cancelled flights on its website on Monday.