Top executive quits Ryanair amid ongoing problems at budget airline

Top executive quits Ryanair amid ongoing problems at budget airline

Top executive quits Ryanair amid ongoing problems at budget airline

Amid an exodus of pilots to competitors, Ryanair has written to cockpit crews offering to boost their pay and conditions.

In his letter to pilots, O'Leary promised them the company would exceed rivals' rates of pay and improve job security.

Mr Hickey was in charge of pilot rotas when the disruptions began last month and did not have enough standby pilots to ensure the airline could operate properly, leading to the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights.

The negotiation of any differences between Irish and local individual employment benefits, such as sick pay, into its Irish contracts with each base's Employment Representative Council. While Ryanair does not recognize trade unions, pilots have launched web and social media forums in recent months to air their grievances.

The letter reportedly includes a section entitled Learning from this mistake.

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The cancellations infuriated passengers and sparked a wave of bad publicity for the Irish airline, the largest in Europe by passenger numbers.

This was short of European rules governing flight cancellations and passenger rights, and Ryanair was eventually forced to bow to regulator demands and spell out the options on offer to affected passengers.

The Ryanair boss also urged the airline's pilots not to join "one of these less financially secure or Brexit-challenged airlines".

He also denied that he was referring to Ryanair pilots when he was recorded saying that pilots "get paid very well for doing what is a very easy job" last month, instead saying he was referring to unionised pilots in other airlines.

As part of his role Mr Hickey, who has had a 30-year career with the airline, was responsible for scheduling shifts for pilots. But workers' councils suggested most pilots had rejected that offer, marking a low point in relations between pilots and management.

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