Ryanair boss ‘apol­o­gises to pi­lots’ after con­tro­versy over scrapped flights

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THE boss of Ryanair has re­port­edly apol­o­gised to pi­lots, of­fer­ing them in­cen­tives to stay with the car­rier in a per­sonal let­ter.

Michael O’Leary is said to have asked pi­lots not to move to ri­val air­lines, promis­ing pay in­creases, a “pro­duc­tiv­ity/ loy­alty bonus” and “sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments” to con­tracts and ca­reer pro­gres­sion.

It fol­lows the can­cel­la­tion of tens of thou­sands of flights through to March this year be­cause of er­rors in how pi­lots are ros­tered for work, dis­rupt­ing the travel plans pas­sen­gers.

Ryanair has in­sisted the lat­est re­duc­tion in its sched­ule will “elim­i­nate all risk of fur­ther flight can­cel­la­tions”, with the CEO pre­vi­ously stat­ing the air­line was “not short of pi­lots”.

In Thurs­day’s let­ter, pub­lished by TheJour­nal. ie, Mr O’Leary urges pi­lots not to for­sake Ryanair for “less fi­nan­cially se­cure/or Brexit chal­lenged air­lines”.

Un­der a sec­tion en­ti­tled “Learn­ing from this mis­take”, Mr O’Leary prom­ises “sig­nif­i­cant changes of 700,000 to, and in­vest­ment in, our ros­ter­ing and pilot ca­reer devel­op­ment” over the next six months.

He also pledges to ex­ceed pilot pay of­fered by Ryanair’s ri­vals, and a bonus of 12,000 euro (£10,700) to dis­suade pi­lots from mov­ing else­where.

Near the end of the let­ter he writes: “If you have or are con­sid­er­ing join­ing one of these less fi­nan­cially se­cure/or Brexit chal­lenged air­lines, I urge you to stay with Ryanair for a brighter bet­ter fu­ture for you and your fam­ily.”

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