Furious pilot reveals the real cost of working for Ryanair

Ryanair offers pilots €12000 bonus to prevent further flight cancellations

Ryanair shareholders have told the budget airline's boss that the flight cancellation controversy is a "complete cock-up".

"To avoid further cancellations, we are requesting between one and two blocks of five days from every pilot who has already been assigned their month off", wrote Michael Hickey, Ryanair's chief operations officer. The bonus payments are also conditional to pilots working over 800 flight hours in the year ending October 2018.

However, after an intervention from the Civil Aviation Authority the airline will now have to accommodate passengers on rival airlines - if necessary.

"We didn't understand our rostering numbers were low, and we certainly have mismanaged the allocation of blocks of four weeks' leave to pilots in September and October in particular".

A source told Reuters that the letter had been approved by pilots at 17 of 85 Ryanair bases, though this could not be independently verified by Reuters.

Yesterday, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said he was prepared to take back allocated leave with or without consent if necessary to address staffing difficulties caused by a backlog of leave entitlements.

Mr O'Leary blamed the crisis on the mismanagement of pilots' holidays.

Norwegian says it has poached more than 140 pilots from Ryanair; Dublin-based Ryanair puts the number at less than 100.




Europe's biggest airline has endured the worst week in its 32-year history, cancelling more than 2,000 flights due to a shortage of pilots.

He also said he was considering forcing pilots to change their holiday plans and said any pilot who failed to show up for work as a form of industrial action would be frozen out of pay talks and denied promotion.

'Ryanair appears to be telling its pilots that if they report, their attitude will be that it's the pilot's own fault'.

Some 315,000 Ryanair customers are expected to be affected by the cancellations over the next six weeks, but the airline's investors have had a pretty smooth ride-the airline's share price rose on Friday, almost back to where it was before the scheduling snafu emerged.

O'Leary has blasted the "self-important" rebels, saying: "I would challenge any pilot to explain how this is a hard job or how it is they are overworked, or how anybody who by law can't fly more than 18 hours a week could possibly be suffering from fatigue".

"I seriously regret these cancellations and upsetting and worrying 80 million of our customers last week", he said.

"By the end of this week over 95% of customers will be rebooked or refunded".

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