Ryanair pilots not threatening industrial action, Michael O'Leary says

Ryanair passengers who re-booked flights pay again for extras

The rules are very clear about what airlines' obligations are, and Ryanair has been around long enough to know what it needs to do. "There isn't a union".

"We believe these working conditions are leading to pilots leaving the airline after a few years to go work for other airlines".

Pilots were offered the bonus in exchange for working an additional 10 days to plug a shortage that last week forced Ryanair to cancel more than 2,000 flights in September and October.

Italy's antitrust watchdog said on Wednesday it had opened a probe into thousands of flight cancellations by Ryanair, which it said the low-priced airline could have prevented.

Instead the pilots made a series of demands including the implementation of permanent local contracts under local employment law, according to the letter, seen by Reuters.

Ryanair will hire another 125 pilots in the next two weeks and increase their pay, Mr O'Leary told shareholders at the airline's AGM in Dublin.

Mr O'Leary promised the problem would not recur in 2018 but said there would be a reputational hit from cancelling flights to and from destinations including Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan and Rome, which would not help future bookings.

Sensex, Nifty reverse gains as rupee sinks by 26 paise
During the day, the rupee weakened by 54-55 paise to 64.81 against the United States dollar from its previous close at 64.26-27. The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) fell by 6.40 points or 0.06 per cent to close at 10,141.15 points.

He admitted "significant management failure" regarding the rostering of pilots, and warned that the moves would not guarantee an end to disruptions.

"This has caused huge inconvenience for Italian residents, and we insist on the absolute respect of passengers' rights", Delrio said on Monday.

The association also says Ryanair is struggling to cope with a high turnover rate among pilots as the airline expands its fleet.

Some pilots have rejected Ryanair's offer, which means even more flights may need to be cancelled. If these pilots refuse to work extra days, more cancellations and trouble could be on the way for the Irish airline.

Separately, some Ryanair pilots have spoken to the about a "toxic" atmosphere and how they felt "undervalued".

"Ryanair" hopes to process the requests of over 95% of affected customers by the end of this week, the report said.

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