15 APRIL 2019
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Train operator London North East Railway (LNER) stepped in last week after Ryanair was reported to be cutting Edinburgh – Stansted flights as a result of the worldwide grounding of the Boeing B737 8 Max. Belfast – Stansted is also affected.
In the Edinburgh case, LNER said it was offering a 50% discount on Edinburgh – London services to anyone who holds a Ryanair booking confirmation on the route. The offer applies to tickets booked from 11-30 April for travel from 15 May-28 June.
The Independent said Ryanair was cutting its Edinburgh – Stansted flights from four a day to four a week, with none on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays, while the Belfast – Stansted service was being cut from three flights a day to two a week.
Ryanair was offering transfers to the services that remain or full refunds to the thousands of passengers already booked on the now-cancelled flights.
Ryanair is reported to have ordered 135 of a special variant of the new Boeing B737, known as the Max 200, which includes an extra eight seats. Forty aircraft were due to arrive over the coming year, with the first originally expected to arrive at Stansted this month before entering service on 14 May.
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