Ryanair Pilots Reject Bonus Offer, Seek New Contracts Instead


Mr O'Leary told the AGM that Ryanair was facing a "significant management failure" and the cancellations had cost the airline about 25m euros (£22m).

O'Leary is scrambling to prevent more disruption to Ryanair's schedule after cancelling up to 50 flights a day due to a rota "mess-up" that left it short of pilots. This leaves the airline with a shortage of available pilots over the next six weeks.

Pilots are not treated as the highly trained professionals that they are by many companies and that is why they are leaving, according to a former member of the profession. We expect to have the vast majority of these completed by the end of this week.

The BBC reported that in a letter seen by it, pilot representatives from 30 of the company's 80 or so European bases have turned down the cash bonus offer.

Mr O'Leary continued that the airline has "some goodies" to discuss with pilots but warned: "If pilots misbehave that will be the end of the goodies".

"We would be happy to work with Ryanair on this issue to ensure it is an airline where pilots are proud to work". "There isn't a union".

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Pilots at London Stansted, Dublin, Frankfurt and Berlin have now been offered an additional 10,000 euros per year, O'Leary told a news conference. Ryanair obliged its pilots to take their annual leave between April and December this year. "It seems clear that Ryanair has failed to plan properly for the implementation of the regulations".

Ryanair pilots have not threatened industrial action, the airline's chief executive has said. "Ryanair is recruiting new pilots and will probably have to sweeten the deal to reduce pilot turnover, in particular countries where the package is less competitive".

Another said "Pilots join Ryanair as they take people with minimal experience, once they have that experience they go to proper airlines with proper pay and conditions".

Separately, some Ryanair pilots have spoken to the about a "toxic" atmosphere and how they felt "undervalued".

Michael O'Leary insisted there is no problem between the airline and its pilots.