Ryanair chief operations officer to quit crisis-hit airline

Randall Padilla
October 9, 2017

The Irishman sent a three page letter to pilots yesterday begging them not to quit and promising significant improvements in work and pay conditions.

Scandal-hit budget airline Ryanair said its chief operations officer will leave the company at the end of the month as the fallout from the bungling of pilots' holiday continues.

Addressing comments he had made about pilots after the company's AGM last month, Mr O'Leary said Ryanair's pilots were the best in the business, worked hard, were well trained and were extremely professional.

In his role, Mr Hickey was responsible for scheduling shifts for pilots.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said Hickey had made an "enormous contribution" to the airline in the last 30 years.

He went on to ask the pilots not to allow competitor pilots or their unions "to demean or disparage our collective success" and urged them not to join "one of these less financially secure or Brexit-challenged airlines".

The Irish airline, the largest in Europe by passenger numbers, has in recent weeks disrupted the plans of more than 700,000 passengers by failing to have enough standby pilots to ensure the smooth operation of its schedule.

Meanwhile, the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association reportedly said the letter gave no details of the cost of the promises. Not only was Ryanair obliged to offer compensation, Britain's aviation regulator forced the carrier to rebook those whose flights were affected on alternative airlines. O' Leary has repeated stated that his carrier does not have a shortage of pilots.

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. But workers' councils suggested most pilots had rejected that offer, marking a low point in relations between pilots and management.

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