Passengers stranded by Ryanair’s Edinburgh flight cancellations are searching Skyscanner for alternatives. Search volumes for flights to and from Edinburgh have jumped since the budget airline announced that eleven routes from its new base at Edinburgh airport will be cancelled.
Ryanair has blamed the cancellations on Boeing’s inability to deliver two 737 planes due to strikes at the aircraft manufacturer’s plant, where approximately 27,000 machinists have stopped work.
The cancelled routes include flights to Malaga, Bournemouth, Palma and Krakow.
Passengers who have made advance bookings on Ryanair’s Edinburgh routes have now been forced to try and make alternative travel plans.
Barry Smith, business development director for Skyscanner, which has its head office in Edinburgh, advised passengers to search for alternatives by using Skyscanner.net.
“Edinburgh airport is a vital hub for Skyscanner, as many of our staff, business partners and clients use it on a daily basis to fly to and from the European mainland and parts of the UK.
We’ve seen a jump in searches for Edinburgh routes since the Ryanair announcement. We often see a surge in search traffic on Skyscanner following the news of flight cancellation or airline collapse. Last month we saw a similar rise for searches on UK/Canada routes following the liquidation of low-cost transatlantic carrier, Zoom.” added Smith.
Skyscanner, which recently underwent a facelift to make it more user friendly and aesthetically pleasing, compares flight prices of hundreds of different airlines and thousands of different routes, allowing users to find the cheapest flight for their journey, before being directed to the official airline’s website to make their booking directly with the airline.