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Cambridge Labour MP calls for Ryanair boss to face Transport Select Committee

Daniel Zeichner MP, MP for Cambridge and member of the Transport Select Committee, has stated his support for the actions of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which has ordered Ryanair to inform passengers affected by cancelled flights how they will be rerouted by 17:00 today (Friday 29th September).

Daniel says, "I welcome the actions of the CAA, it is right to demand that passengers are properly compensated for the chaos and inconvenience that has been inflicted on them as a result of these cancellations by Ryanair.

"We need to ensure that passengers receive what is owed to them as detailed by the EU regulation and that Ryanair is more forthcoming in letting passengers know what they are entitled to."

In the last few weeks, Ryanair has cancelled tens of thousands of flights scheduled between now and next March after reports that the airline is looking to improve arrival times and to accommodate for pilot shortages that have occurred to changes to pilot holiday entitlements and poor planning. 

Originally cancelling over 50 flights a day between mid-September and the end of October, Ryanair has announced a further 18,000 cancellations for November to March. The second wave of cancellations will affect around 400,000 passengers, contributing to around 700,000 people affected in total. 

Daniel is currently a member of the Transport Select Committee and is a former Shadow Minister for Transport. 

Daniel says, "Report indicates that passengers have been misled over the last couple of weeks as to what Ryanair's compensatory duty is to them, which is unacceptable. I think that is is important that the CEO of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, faces the Transport Select Committee so that we can get a better understanding as to what has gone wrong and what can be done to ensure that passengers are not affect like this again in the future."

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