Wednesday 17 January 2018

Ryanair looking to Brazil for more airline pilots

Ryanair’s CEO Michael O Leary pictured during a press conference where he addressed the recent Ryanair flight cancellations at Ryanair’s HQ in Dublin.
Ryanair’s CEO Michael O Leary pictured during a press conference where he addressed the recent Ryanair flight cancellations at Ryanair’s HQ in Dublin.
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ryanair is scouring Brazil in an effort to recruit more airline pilots as the budget airline faces continued difficulty in maintaining its flight schedule, according to reports.

The news comes as almost €60m has been wiped off the value of CEO Michael O’Leary’s shares in Ryanair since last Thursday, however Mr O’Leary yesterday insisted that he would remain with the budget airline.

Despite admitting that the cancellations were his "mess up," Mr O’Leary said he didn’t think his “head should roll” adding that he needed to "stay here and fix this".

Read more: Further crisis looms for Ryanair as pilots threaten strike action

Last month the airline held recruitment events for captains in two separate cities in Brazil – Rio de Janeiro and San Paulo – while the Irish Independent  is reporting that it is also to hold recruitment events in Italy and Germany in a move aimed at tempting staff from rival airlines such as Alitalia and Air Berlin.

At a press conference yesterday Mr O’Leary said that the airline had "no difficulty in getting captains" adding that the airline had a "waiting list" of 2,500 airline pilots which were waiting to join the company.

In addition Mr O’Leary said that he "did not agree" with figures reported in yesterday’s Irish Independent that Ryanair had lost 140 pilots to Norwegian Air, however Norwegian confirmed the figure to the Irish Independent just this week.

Read more: Flying to or from Dublin? Here is the full list of Ryanair flights affected from the capital

Yesterday three meetings attended by over 120 pilots at Ryanair took place in Dublin during which a ballot for industrial action was discussed.

It is expected that Mr O’Leary will face a considerable amount of criticism when the airline holds its annual general meeting in Dublin this Thursday.

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