Aviation

Ryanair “begs” ex-pilots to return amid flight crisis

On the back of Ryanair cancelling more than 18,000 flights and CEO Michael O’Leary admitting they had “f*cked up”, the airline is now “begging” ex-pilots to return.

The news also follows the announcement that ex-Chief Operating Officer Peter Bellew, who left the airline to head up Malaysia Airlines as CEO, will be returning to the somewhat beleaguered company.

According to the UK Express, Ryanair is now asking its old pilots to return to the airline and has offered pay increases and better working conditions.

Ryanair has been up to its ears in chaos since the beginning of the year, with industry folk and passengers pinning the issues down to bad management of the pilots.

Per the Express, Ryanair failed to provide proper holidays to pilots that were long overdue.

The airline is now offering ex-pilots a pay increase of 20 per cent if they return.

Details of the alleged “begging” were revealed when the Daily Mail saw an internal email sent out to the pilots.

Sent by Ryanair’s flight operation manager Elaine Griffin, the email says, “I hope you are keeping well since you left Ryanair.”

Griffin goes on to describe the “significant changes that are taking place at Ryanair” – including a pay rise of around 20 per cent for pilots and first officers, as well as “significantly increased resources in pilot rostering, crew control, bases management and training.”

“If you are interested in having a conversation about returning to Ryanair, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please let me know if you are open to a conversation on this, or if you have any specific queries, and I will give you a call,” she added.

 



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