Michael O’Leary offers up an unfiltered mea culpa

Ryanair is in the uncomfortable position of having to throw money at the problem

21st September, 2017
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary

As Ryanair handed out its latest pilot rosters for the closing weeks of its summer schedule in mid-August, the packed timetable looked like business as usual for the hard-driving airline.

But when planners crunched the numbers for the coming weeks, an uncomfortable reality began to dawn: Europe’s biggest discount carrier lacked sufficient cockpit crew to see it through the tail end of the busy travel season.

An already stretched pilot corps was further...

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