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09 October 2017, 12:43 | Frank Carlson
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After the cancellations sparked customer outrage and a wave of negative media coverage across Europe, Ryanair has been scrambling to appease its pilots and promised them significant improvements in pay and conditions on Thursday.
This resulted in very less standby pilots to fly all its scheduled flights in September and October, forcing the company to cancel thousands of flights.
RYANAIR'S chief operations officer has resigned, making him the first executive to leave since a staffing disaster led to the cancellation of thousands of flights.
He said that Ryanair would deliver "significant improvements to your rosters, your pay, your basing, your contracts and your career progression over the next 12 months" in the letter addressed to "all Ryanair pilots". Cockpit crews were also offered a "productivity/loyalty bonus".
The negotiation of any differences between Irish and local individual employment benefits, such as sick pay, into its Irish contracts with each base's Employment Representative Council. He said that Ryanair pilots only worked an average of 18 hours a week and that most of the time they could get in an aircraft and hit autopilot and often have little else to do.
Mr O'Leary said Mr Hickey, who will leave his job at the end of the month, will continue in an "advisory role". Not only was Ryanair obliged to offer compensation, Britain's aviation regulator forced the carrier to rebook those whose flights were affected on alternative airlines.
Ryanair has said reports it had a pilot shortage were false and that less than 260 of its 4,200 pilots had left so far this year amid some being poached by rival Norwegian Air Shuttle.
The Ryanair boss also urged the airline's pilots not to join "one of these less financially secure or Brexit-challenged airlines".
The operating chief, who assumed the post in 2014, has been at the airline since 1988, joining as an engineer and rising to direct the department.
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