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Ryanair offers €12000 bonus to pilots who give up leave

Ryanair offers €12000 bonus to pilots who give up leave”

The airline reportedly offered its existing pilots a tax-free bonus of £12,000 in exchange for agreeing to work extra days, in order to avoid having to cancel even more flights.

Scandinavian rival Norwegian Air confirmed on Monday that 140 pilots have left Ryanair to join their ranks this year, and that they were continuing to recruit pilots for their new Dublin base.

Similar offers may be made at other airports, but that will depend on whether those bases have a surplus of pilots, he said.

He refused to discuss media reports that many pilots had turned down offers of a £10,600 (€12,000) bonus and instead demanded improved contracts.

The Italian antitrust authority on Wednesday opened a probe into Ryanair for alleged improper commercial practices over the Irish low-priced airline's mass cancellation of flights, including over 700 in Italy.

Blaming the situation on a "significant management failure", O'Leary said the firm did not need pilots' agreement for the change.

Irish broadcaster RTE News says it has seen documents that indicate pilots are considering a work-to-rule action across Europe, which would "significantly worsen" flight disruptions now running at up to 50 cancellations a day.

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O'Leary revealed that about 400,000 booked flights will be canceled.

He says that to avoid further cancellations, Ryanair is requesting between one and two blocks of five days from every pilot who has already been assigned their month off.

They seem to have found that voice. With pilots rejecting the latest offer, there is a risk of more cancellations in the future.

Instead of being employed as staff, they are grouped into mini-companies which provide service to a United Kingdom company which in turn provides Ryanair with its pilots, said Cullen in a BBC interview.

Employee councils liaise with Ryanair on behalf of pilots and staff, as the company refuses recognise unions.

Separately, some Ryanair pilots have spoken to the BBC about a "toxic" atmosphere and how they felt "undervalued".

The airline said it expected to have re-accommodated more than 175,000 customers on other Ryanair flights and to have processed refunds for more than 20% of those affected by close of business yesterday.



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