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

Ann Santiago
September 22, 2017

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said last week his firm was finalizing a bid to buy Alitalia.

In the memo, Michael Hickey thanked those pilots who have already offered to operate during their month off.

The low-priced Irish airline is forced to cancel up to 50 flights every day from today until October 28 because they "messed up" plotting their pilots' schedules and holidays, BBC confirmed.

More than 700 Ryanair pilots have quit overall complaining of mistreatment and saying O'Leary treats them with "utter contempt", The Sun says.

"The bigger issue is that this debacle is opening the floodgates for pilots to demand better pay and working conditions", Heracleous said. However Michael O'Leary has told the Ryanair AGM that pilots "do not want unionisation". "Every airline around the world knows that the pilot market is tightening and has been tightening for a number of years".

Ryanair pilots across Europe are now looking for improved contracts.

However, the bonus is not applicable to pilots who have resigned and are working their notice prior to 31 October 2018, nor will it be offered to pilots with more than four unauthorised absences during this period.


Further evidence of the pilot crisis has emerged when it became known that Ryanair had been using LinkedIn to actively seek out and offer bounties to trained Boeing 737 captains to join Ryanair.

The carrier had offered pilots bonus payments of up to €12,000 to forgo their holiday entitlements.

Italy's antitrust authority on Wednesday opened a probe into budget airline Ryanair for suspected "improper commercial practices" related to its mass cancellation of flights this autumn.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary admitted for the fist time today that his airline cancelled nearly 2,000 flights because it doesn't have enough pilots, leading angry shareholders to criticise his "gung-ho management attitude".

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".

Consumer group Which? told the Daily Telegraph that it believes Ryanair's efforts are insufficient and have left customers "hunting around for information", meaning they could fall foul of the rules. I say sorry on behalf of Ryanair. "What we have messed up is the allocation of holidays".

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