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Lightning strike at Stansted airport- compensation?
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Unless advised by their airline if they don't turn up for their flight they will not be able to claim compensation or make an insurance claim.
I'm surprise you didn't know that.
But it's something we already knew about Ryanair.
Yes but that is why we legislated against what we already knew so it should have stopped, should it not?
I have just seen a pic of what is currently happening inside the terminal ... and am just told the queue runs from Ryanair all the way down to Burger King and part way back. Still it seems just one member of staff on the desk, plus what looks like two armed policemen with machine guns to keep the customers in good commercial order.
I think that rather than machine gun armed police in attendance at the Ryanair desk, we should have some serious minded CAA enforcement officers on duty there tonight, dictating the pace.
Peter tell me more about the announcement at the airport...no flights for a few days? can't be right, a few took off today..
First, there was the suggestion in the earlier PA announcements that flights could be "rebooked online", and resille has given us a clue how that sometimes is a waste of time now having had two cancellations today for the price of one?
Then this evening, they reportedly made a PA system announcement suggesting no chance of rebooked flights for the next 3 days (that's because Ryanair flights are generally well booked in advance so very little spare capacity for rebookers and now it will have quickly been used up).
Then quite quickly after the "no flights can be rebooked for three days", came the "no flights can be rebooked for four days" as I understand it.
It isn't a question of whether the airport is operating, it is of coure a question whether airlines want their complex schedule messed up for more than a day.
So they cut their direct losses by announcing cancellations to suit their operations tomorrow when they can be confident they have all the aircraft they need at Stansted to start a clean sheet on a new day.
The passengers they let down badly today are, as of 80 minutes time, part of yesterday's news and someone else's problem if they can get away with it tonight.
I am watching Sky News, and I see very little about the real story. They had a reporter on the unofficial spectator patch this morning on the far side of the runway, talking about an earlier problem but sadly completely misled their travelling audience by seemingly leaving the scene and missing the main news story. They had suggested the cancellations were this morning, when the worst of the cancellations in fact were not even executed until mid afternoon on the "let's cut our losses today and start tomorrow like today didn't happen" basis.
I found out about the likely cancellation using my informal knowledge of Ryanair's patterns of daily operations of their aircraft and watching for what was happening to earlier routes likely planned for the same aircraft. That information was not available from Ryanair, or the airport who gleely reported on their respective websites that the flights Ryanair must surely have been in the process of planning to cancel for some hours, as "on time" until mid afternoon.
Maybe they were just waiting for the tv cameras to go home - Sky News actually bogged off to Colchester to film some fire brigade rescued pet fish in a bucket 12 hours after lightning burned the roof off a house ...
I guess passengers still hemmed in at the terminal at Stansted feel a bit like those fish, but with less water ?
Flights have been and still are departing this evening, and Mondays early morning flights are still scheduled