Ryanair reassigns flights for half of affected customers

Ryanair reassigns flights for half of affected customers

Ryanair reassigns flights for half of affected customers

Chief executive Michael O'Leary will tell pilots who plan to take four weeks of consecutive holiday in the coming months will be told to reduce it to three weeks, with the lost leave to be taken in January.

Pilots in Stansted, Frankfurt and Berlin will also be offered the same amount - as the company says traditionally they don't want to base themselves in these locations.

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Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has said the firm is planning to make pilots delay a week's holiday as it wrestles with massive flight cancellations.

In a letter seen by the, pilot representatives from 30 of the company's 80 or so European bases turned down the cash bonus offer.

Meanwhile, Captain Evan Cullen, President of IALPA, told RTE radio that Ryanair pilots haven't sanctioned the union to pursue industrial action.

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"We would be happy to work with Ryanair on this issue to ensure it is an airline where pilots are proud to work".

O'Leary denied reports that a significant number of pilots had rejected Ryanair's bonus pay offer and said that pilots had collectively offered to work an extra 2,500 days since the crisis broke - the equivalent of 10 days from each of 250 of Ryanair's 4,200 pilots. To restore punctuality, it cancelled many flights at short notice; passengers were marooned around Europe.

Other airlines say Ryanair's woes are also due to pilots leaving for better pay and conditions. The reason for the planned cancellations was put down to the company not having enough pilots, as many had booked holidays for the autumn and early winter.

Ryanair has said it expects to have re-accommodated more than 95% of the 315,000 customers affected by cancellations by end of this week.

Italian Transport Minister Graziano Delrio said this week customers' rights had to be protected, adding: "We can not make allowances for anyone who creates so much inconvenience".

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