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Ryanair to cut flights over Boeing delivery delays

Ryanair has announced that it will be cutting flights this winter period due to delays in the delivery of new planes from Boeing.

The airline had been expecting to receive 27 aircraft between September and December but this has been reduced to 14 between October and December. The reduction is due to production delays at the Spirit Fuselage facility in Wichita, combined with Boeing's repair and delivery delays in Seattle.

As a result of these delays, Ryanair said it would be reducing the number of aircraft based in Dublin Airport by two Charleroi, Belgium by three, and five will be moved from across its four Italian bases.

There will also be aircraft reductions in East Midlands, Porto, and Cologne.

Ryanair apologised for the reductions in its winter schedule saying it has no spare aircraft this winter as scheduled maintenance is necessary across their full fleet in order to have them all serviceable for next summer.

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair chief executive, said these flight cancellations will take effect from the end of October and “will be communicated to all affected passengers by email over the coming days”.

“Passengers will be offered re-accommodation on alternative flights or full refunds as they so wish. We apologise sincerely to passengers for any inconvenience caused by these delivery delays this winter,” he said.

Despite the reduction this winter, Ryanair said it still expects to hit its full-year traffic target of 183.5 million passengers.

However, Mr O’Leary warned if the delays worsen or extend further next year “we may have to revisit this figure and possibly adjust it slightly downward”.

Ryanair said it is working with Boeing to try to accelerate deliveries in the January to May 2024 period so that it can enter the summer 2024 peak travel season with all the 57 new Boeing aircraft deliveries it ordered.

Last week, Ryanair announced that it would be removing all of its most environmentally-friendly aircraft from Dublin Airport and reducing routes this winter due a dispute with operator daa over a lack of incentives and increasing costs.

In total, 19 of the airline’s Dublin-based aircraft will be moved to alternative EU airports and 17 routes will be cut with the frequency of other routes, particularly provincial routes to the UK, also being reduced.

However, daa hit back strongly against the airline claims saying that environmental incentives are set to be rolled out and that there are already support schemes available to airlines, such as the Traffic Recovery Support Scheme (TRSS) of which Ryanair is the largest beneficiary.