Chaos as Ryanair cancels flights – and Poland IS affected

Passengers wait in line to be seen at Ryanair's airline desk at Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport in Porto, during the company's crew strike, in Portugal. PAP/EPA

Passengers traveling to Poland have been left stranded in the UK after Ryanair informed them they would be cancelling all flights to the country until the end of the week.

The supposed cancellations come a day before planned industrial action grounds 300 of Ryanair’s 2,400 daily flights.

Strikes were supposed to take effect in Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy as the company continues its tussle with its unions, but there was no mention of flight cancellations to Poland.

Passengers to Poland, however, are being told that they will have to find alternative routes from the UK with the carrier grounding all Poland-bound flights for the rest of the week.

Anna Loth, 29, who was set to travel home to Warsaw from Stansted, received a text message seven hours before her flight informing her of its cancellation.

Finding an alternative route through Ryanair, however, was impossible.

She told The First News: “I got a ticket through a third party so I couldn’t even do anything myself. It’s absolute chaos when it comes to trying to get in contact with Ryanair.”

When Loth, a student, finally did get through to the carrier she was told that the cancellations would affect all flights leaving for Poland until the end of the week, leaving her with no option but to book a return flight with Brussels airlines for the following day.

“It’s OK, my parents have stepped in and bought the plane ticket for me, but I hope I can spend the night at one of my friend’s places. I have no money for a hotel or anything,” she said.

Meanwhile, fuming passenger Anita Dąbrowska posted on Facebook: “What an absolute let down. I will NEVER fly with this clowns (sic) again.”

So far, the only disrupted flights to Poland appear to be on the Stanstead-Modlin route.

Poznań Airport spokesman Błażej Patryn said that, as far as he understood, flights to Poznan would not be affected by the strikes.

‘I am aware that other Polish hubs will be dealing with the fall-out from industrial action, but Poznań won’t be one of them,’ he said.

Though Ryanair has yet to officially confirm flight cancellations to Poland, it’s UK-Poland fares for the 25-26th have dropped down to as little as 12.99 GBP per flight.