Ryanair executive quits after flights chaos

Ivan Schwartz
October 9, 2017

"He will be a hard act to replace", Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said in a statement.

"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 future for you and you family", he said. The Guardian reports that HMRC are investigating Ryanair pilots over the company's tax structure and use of Irish limited companies to employ UK-based pilots in order to avoid paying sick pay and other benefits.

On Friday, it emerged that chief executive Michael O'Leary has written to pilots with a pledge to beat the pay offered by competitors and to improve working conditions over the next six months. "I have the utmost respect and admiration for Ryanair's pilot team", he said. "It's a, How nice we are, followed by a carrot and then a threat".

The operations chief of embattled airline Ryanair has resigned amid its flight cancellation crisis.

Part of Mr Hickey's role was organising rosters for pilots.

He also offers pilots a bonus of €12,000 (£10,700) and promises he will exceed the pay deals offered by rival airlines.

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Asked by an investor at the meeting if he had made changes to the rostering department, O'Leary said that it was "not the time to be taking people out and shooting them".

That has led to the disruption of the travel plans of 700,000 passengers.

The company was already under heavy fire for cancelling up to 50 flights a day in the middle of September before an additional 18,000 flights were axed at the end of the month.

The airline says these problems to blame for her own bad decision to force pilots to use vacation until the end of the calendar year, and not until the end of the financial year in March.

That left Ryanair without enough pilots to fly all its scheduled flights in September and October.

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