Ryanair pi­lots get back­ing from South­west pi­lots union

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Pi­lots at Ryanair got a boost in their bid to unionise from coun­ter­parts at South­west Air­lines, the US car­rier that pro­vided a blueprint for Europe’s big­gest dis­count op­er­a­tor.

As the cri­sis sur­round­ing the can­cel­la­tion of 20,000 flights con­tin­ues, the South­west Air­lines Pi­lots’ As­so­ci­a­tion is ready to help its Ryanair col­leagues, of­fer­ing to host meet­ings as well as pro­vide as­sets and re­sources, said union pres­i­dent Jon Weaks. “I’m pre­par­ing a let­ter to send of­fer­ing sup­port,” said Weaks, whose union rep­re­sents 8,700 pi­lots. “We’re on standby to help them.”

The back­ing from flight crew at the big­gest US dis­counter fol­lows an of­fer of le­gal, or­gan­i­sa­tional and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from Amer­i­can Air­lines Group’s Al­lied Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion last week. The in­volve­ment of South­west is sym­bol­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant as Ryanair chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael O’Leary used the com­pany’s busi­ness model as a tem­plate after tak­ing the top job in 1994.

Weaks said he is will­ing to travel to Ire­land to meet with Ryanair’s pi­lots, al­though no fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance has yet been of­fered and his union’s in­volve­ment re­mains pre­lim­i­nary.–

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