September 18, 2017 / 4:08 PM / a year ago

Ryanair CEO says cancellations won't help forward bookings

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair (RYA.I) Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said he was sure a series of flight cancellations would not help future bookings at the airline that were till now two percent up on a year ago.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary poses for a picture after a news conference in Berlin, Germany, September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Ryanair disrupted the plans of hundreds of thousands of travellers by cancelling flights for the next six weeks to cope with a backlog of staff leave. O’Leary said the budget airline should be able to put 70-85 percent of customers on flights the same day.

“On forward bookings, I’m sure it won’t help but our forward bookings are running two percent ahead of where they were this time last year for September, October and November,” O’Leary told a news conference.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Edmund Blair

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