Ryanair Axing 6 Million Passengers Marks a Growth Blip

Airline's forecast for passenger growth flattens slightly after pilot-rota mess

Ryanair Holdings Plc is still planning to fly 15 percent more people in fiscal 2019, despite a mess-up of pilot rosters that’s canceled trips for more than 700,000 customers. Europe’s biggest airline by passenger count has scrapped in excess of 20,000 flights through the end of its winter schedule because of the personnel snag. Its handling of the crisis triggered a formal rebuke from the U.K.’s aviation regulator, a withdrawal of its bid for bankrupt rival Alitalia SpA and a 6 million-person cut in the number of travelers the carrier forecasts it will serve this fiscal year and next.

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