Ryanair has been forced to cancel flights from its new Edinburgh base till early November due to strike action at Boeing.
The strike by almost 27,000 Boeing machinists started on Saturday, and means Ryanair will be unable to deliver two 737 planes it bought to operate on the new routes.Passengers booked to fly from Edinburgh on any of 11 new routes will be given a refund.
Ryanair said it now hoped to start flying from Edinburgh on 5 November.
Deputy chief executive, Michael Cawley, expressed his “sincere regret” for the delay of the opening of the new base.
He said: “Unfortunately the two new aircraft, which we had reserved for this purpose, are now indefinitely delayed due to a strike by Boeing employees. However, due to increased aircraft available in our fleet from early November, we will be able to operate these exciting new Edinburgh routes from 5th November.”
Passengers who were booked to travel on the new routes during the initial six-week period will be refunded over the next seven days, says Ryanair.
Eleven routes from Edinburgh are affected, including flights to Malaga, Bournemouth, Palma and Krakow.
The strike by almost 27,000 Boeing machinists started on Saturday.