Ryanair cancels more than 2000 flights over the next six weeks

Alicia Cross
September 22, 2017

"The bigger issue is that this debacle is opening the floodgates for pilots to demand better pay and working conditions", Heracleous said.

O'Leary denied reports that a significant number of pilots had rejected Ryanair's bonus pay offer and said that pilots had collectively offered to work an extra 2,500 days since the crisis broke - the equivalent of 10 days from each of 250 of Ryanair's 4,200 pilots.

Mr O'Leary said pilots due to take a four-week block of holidays in the next few months because a change in annual leave rotas will be told to reduce that to three weeks.

Former Ryanair pilot James Atkinson, writing in the Guardian, said the airline uses divide and control tactics to keep pilots on different kinds of contracts and to prevent them from organizing.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary admitted at the meeting that the firm was at fault and apologised to all shareholders in attendance for the "major management failure".

On Wednesday, a group of pilots turned down an offer of up to £12,000 to keep flying during their scheduled leave, many of them putting their names to a letter demanding improved employment terms instead.

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Ryanair has canceled several flights because they screwed up the schedule of their pilots' holidays. "We are not short of pilots, we have 4,200 of them", he said.

The UK union is urging the airline to "do more to encourage pilots to stay with the airline, following news of its pilot holiday chaos" and to foster a "more attractive place for people to build their career".

In the past year, Ryanair has lost 140 pilots to rival operator Norwegian Air.

"The pilot market is changing, and Ryanair will need to change the ways which the pilots and management work together to ensure a stable and common future for everyone", the pilot representatives said in the letter. However Michael O'Leary has told the Ryanair AGM that pilots "do not want unionisation".

Ryanair expects to have processed over 300,000 alternative routings or refunds for customers - over 95% of affected customers - by the end of this week.

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