Senior Ryanair executive Michael Hickey quits over cancellations

  • Senior Ryanair executive Michael Hickey quits over cancellations

Senior Ryanair executive Michael Hickey quits over cancellations

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary has said pilots' pay at the airline will be benchmarked against competitors as part of a number of changes to rostering and career development.

The firm, Europe's largest airline by passenger numbers, has been embroiled in controversy over recent weeks after it announced the cancellation of thousands of flights because it did not have enough standby pilots to ensure the smooth operation of its schedule after making a change to rotas.

"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 your family", he wrote in the letter.

Ryanair is also facing possible legal action from passengers over accusations that it intimidated people who tried to claim hundreds of pounds worth of flight delay compensation due under European Union legislation, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Ryanair is facing a crisis after this acompana changed the timing of the accrual of leave during the year to meet the new aviation regulations, and this has led to a shortage of pilots.

On Thursday, he sent an unusually contrite letter to pilots at the airline "to apologise personally to each of you for the disruptions you have experienced". "It's a, How nice we are, followed by a carrot and then a threat".

Last month the airline announced it was cancelling 50 flights per day and grounding 25 planes for the winter, affecting the travel plans of 715,000 people.

Ryanair flight cancellations - now numbering some 18,000 and stretching into March 2018 - have disrupted a total of around 715,000 passenger bookings, but the budget airline is still a magnet for thrifty travellers looking for flights for a tenner.

The airline subsequently emailed 20,000 customers outlining their rights and explaining how and when they will be booked onto other flights.