Can O’Leary lead Ryanair out of this unprecedented crisis?

Analysis: Michael O’Leary must be unhappy that he can’t run his company in his own way during the pandemic. His is the personality that made Ryanair Ireland’s most successful export, but he faces his biggest challenge yet in bringing the company back to recovery

Michael O‘Leary, CEO of Ryanair, faces the biggest challenge of his professional life in steering the airline through Covid-19

Even by his own bombastic standards Michael O’Leary launched quite a tirade on BBC radio last week when questioned about whether Ryanair still needed to pay refunds to customers for cancelled flights.

Approaching Donald Trump levels of decrying fake news, the Ryanair group chief executive told the BBC Radio 5 Live presenter to “stop reading out false texts and emails” and complained of “BBC bias”. His rant went on: “the emails you are reading are ...