Ryanair: West End-bound choir is left in stunned silenced
Forty-two choristers from Belfast heading to the West End to see a performance of 42nd Street have been left high and dry by Ryanair.
The singers were hoping to be in London to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the award-winning St Agnes' Choral Society and take in the hit musical.
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But now those plans are in doubt after their flight from Belfast to Gatwick was among thousands axed by the crisis-hit budget airline.
Now they will either have to pay for alternative flights at nearly treble the cost of the ones booked in June, or abandon their plans completely.
Society member Gareth McGreevy said: "We booked 42 seats with Ryanair in June and we got them at a good price because we wanted to make the trip accessible to as many people in our choir as possible.
"Now we are looking at alternative flights that will cost around three times the amount we paid, which not everyone in the choir will be able to afford.
"This was to be a special trip to see the production of 42nd Street because we are going to stage our own production at the Grand Opera House next year - but Ryanair have left us hanging high and dry."
And fans who booked to fly to London for Ulster Rugby's game against Harlequins on December 10 have also been left reeling by the announcement.
Among them is Laura Gallagher who, along with nine friends, had their flights cancelled.
"I found out that Ryanair had cancelled all the flights to London on Twitter," she said.
"I was absolutely raging and spent ages trying to get through to them before they eventually sent an email telling me the flight was cancelled.
"I know other people have had vouchers from them but I didn't get one, so I don't know what that's about.
"Thankfully we have booked other flights with easyJet, albeit for a lot more money.
"I will never book with Ryanair. They are totally unreliable and I'd never trust them again."