Ryanair to recruit 125 new pilots in the 'next week or two'

Lloyd Doyle
September 21, 2017

He also said that some pilots at London Stansted, Dublin, Berlin and Frankfurt had been offered a €10,000 (£8,820) pay rise on top of a one-off bonus of up to £12,000 to give up ten days of...

The often outspoken CEO told investors that no more flights would be cancelled because of rostering issues and that the company's profit margin would not be affected by the problems that sparked customer outrage and a wave of negative media coverage across Europe.

RTE is reporting that the company's bases in Dublin, Barcelona and Shannon are the latest to reject the offer.

O'Leary said the decision was taken to cancel what amounted to 2 percent of the airline's total flights to avoid a sharp increase in delays because of a lack of reserve pilots. "If Norwegian Air are holding open days, there's nothing we can do, despite the fact that we have very good terms and conditions".

O'Leary told shareholders he took personal responsibility for the staffing issues and the way the company broke the news to customers, adding that Ryanair's pilot pay levels may have been too modest in the past. Until now, Ryanair has used a 12-month period beginning April 1, which gave it a competitive advantage in scheduling pilots during the busy summer season because hours accumulated from January to March didn't carry over into the new scheduling year, the IALPA said in a statement. "Ryanair is recruiting new pilots and will probably have to sweeten the deal to reduce pilot turnover, in particular countries where the package is less competitive". "The head of the company, Michael O'Leary, openly insults his pilots, and has consistently maintained a policy of heading off any attempt to achieve a collectively bargained contract". "Perish the thought. We would never threaten our pilots".

The Ryanair boss has said that the airline has some "goodies" to discuss with pilots but if they misbehave "that will be the end of the goodies". I don't think that could be construed as a threat. "But if you want to come talk to us, I wouldn't start off that discussion, I wouldn't start off by having a "blu flu" or other forms of imaginary industrial action".

There are now rumblings that Ryanair pilots could use the crisis to press management for improved pay and job security. The rate of Ryanair's on-time flights has since increased from 65 percent to 91 percent, he said.

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