Lyons on the pilots

Lyons on the pilots
‘Airlines need veteran pilots to guide and train less experienced pilots. The more pilots it loses, the harder it is to do this’ Picture: Getty

O’Leary’s disdain for the pilot profession and his confidence in his own pilots have been sorely tested in recent days

A few years ago, Michael O’Leary was holding forth to Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show. “Pilots are glorified taxi drivers,” he declared. “It is a very complicated taxi, and they are very skilled to be able to do it, but at the end of the day . . . it is a job.”

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