Ryanair on Thursday promised its pilots significant improvements in pay and conditions, saying it would exceed rates paid by rivals and improve job security, according to a letter to pilots seen by Reuters. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.
Imploring its pilots to stay. Irish airline Ryanair is promising significant improvements in pay and conditions, telling pilots it will exceed rates paid by rivals and improve job security. The new conditions mirror demands made by employees last month. Outspoken chief executive Michael O'Leary wrote in the three-page letter Ryanair's pilots were 'the best in the business'. And said critical comments attributed to him were misreported. It comes at a chaotic time for the airline, which has been forced to cancel thousands of flights in recent weeks. Blaming problems with the rostering of cockpit crew. It sparked customer outrage and a wave of negative media coverage across Europe. Unions claimed a significant number of pilots have left Ryanair in recent months seeking more secure contracts, better pay and improved conditions at rival airlines. But Ryanair said reports of a pilot shortage were false. The crisis has exposed the struggle that low-cost carriers face as they rapidly expand and Ryanair will be welcoming the collapse of Britain's Monarch Airlines on Monday (October 2) as a wave of now unemployed pilots enter the job market.