Ryanair customers whose flights are being cancelled, will receive an email by this evening informing them, chief executive Michael O'Leary has said. The budget airline plans to cancel 40-50 flights every day for the next six weeks, after it admitted it had "messed up" the planning of pilot holidays. The details of all the cancelled flights will be on the Ryanair website over the next 24 hours, the firm said. Mr O'Leary said most people would still be able to fly on the same day. If not, they would be moved to flights the day before or the day after and the airline would meet its obligations over compensation.
Ryanair is under pressure to publish a full list of the flights it plans to cancel over the next six weeks, amid growing anger among customers. The airline said on Saturday it would cancel 40-50 flights every day up until 20 September, after it "messed up" the planning of pilot holidays. However, it has so far only published a list of affected flights up until this Wednesday. Consumer rights group Which? said passengers needed more notice. "It is essential Ryanair release full list of flights affected so passengers have time to make arrangements."
Japan's biggest airport, Haneda, is set to add 50 international routes per day as, starting in late March, the government for the first time will allow aircraft to fly over central Tokyo during the day. That would raise the number of international passengers at Haneda -- officially known as Tokyo International Airport -- by 7 million to reach 25 million per year, allowing the hub to leapfrog Kansai International Airport as the nation's second-busiest in terms of international passenger traffic after Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture. With the additional flights, the number of international passengers at the two giant airports serving the greater Tokyo area would rise to 57 million per year, putting it closer to rival Asian hubs Singapore (62 million), Seoul (66 million) and Hong Kong (72 million). "In terms of attracting foreign companies and improving the convenience of airports, Singapore airport is the model that Japanese airports have to emulate," said aviation analyst Kotaro Toriumi. "That's why they are beefing up international flights at Haneda. Transit passengers from abroad will also be able to easily enjoy tours in Tokyo for a day or half a day, since it takes more time to get to the heart of Tokyo from Narita."
As U.S. security officials consider expanding a ban on laptops, tablets and other such electronic devices in the cabins of commercial flights, an airline trade group proposed tightening security measures instead. Passengers on flights to the U.S. from eight Middle Eastern and African countries already are banned from carrying on electronic devices larger than a cellphone. On Wednesday, U.S. Homeland Security officials were in Brussels talking with European Union leaders about possibly banning those devices on flights from Europe too. Expanding the ban to flights from Europe could cost travelers $1.1 billion a year in lost productivity and added travel time, the International Air Transport Assn., which represents 265 airlines worldwide, said in a Tuesday letter to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly and Violeta Bulc, the European Commission's transport commissioner. The current ban affects 350 flights a week from the Middle East and Africa; a ban on European flights would affect 390 flights a day, according to IATA.
The French national airline has asked passengers to check their flight status before travelling, as a pilots' strike coinciding with Euro 2016 caused it to cancel some flights. About a quarter of Air France pilots were on strike but the company said more than 80% of flights went ahead. Some Paris-Marseille flights were cancelled on Saturday, affecting fans travelling to the England-Russia game. The pilots' union Spaf (Syndicat des Pilotes d'Air France) is taking action because of planned pay cuts and changes to working conditions. It is one of many unions taking action; others are striking because they want the government to scrap new labour laws that will make it easier to hire and fire people.