Ryanair plans to make pilots change holidays

Javier Howell
September 22, 2017

A group of Ryanair pilots has refused a cash offer to work on their days off.

The current pilot crisis is deepening for Ryanair as crews have rejected a financial offer by the budget airline to work through holidays.

O'Leary's statement comes amid reports that flight captains and first officers have rejected Ryanair's offer of bonus payments in exchange for taking on more hours.

Irish low-priced airline Ryanair has allocated replacement flights for more than half of the customers whose trips were cancelled late last week, it said Wednesday.

Mr O'Leary said the airline had "some goodies" to propose to pilots, but added: "If pilots misbehave, that will be the end of the goodies".

Some, frustrated by how long they say it has taken to get a new flight from the airline, have shelled out for last-minute return journeys from other, more expensive, airline providers.

"We would be happy to work with Ryanair on this issue to ensure it is an airline where pilots are proud to work".

Ryanair is cancelling 40 to 50 flights daily for the next six weeks, till the end of October, after it admitted to having "messed up" the planning of pilot holidays.

It's hard to say where this might end up, but Ryanair really needs these people on side right now, to help it through a messy few weeks of cancelled flights.

"We sincerely apologize to every one of the 315,000 customers whose initial flights were cancelled for a period of 6 weeks in September and October", said Kenye Jacobs, marketing director of the airline.

He refused to discuss media reports that many pilots had turned down offers of a £10,600 bonus and instead demanded improved contracts.

The latest figures marked an improvement on last Friday when Ryanair shocked the travel sector with the proposed cancellation of about 2,000 flights in a move expected to hit an estimated 390,000 passengers.

Separately, some Ryanair pilots have spoken to the about a "toxic" atmosphere and how they felt "undervalued".

The company's colourful chief executive Michael O'Leary announced the recruitment drive at Ryanair's AGM meeting, now taking place in Dublin.

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