Sunday 22 September 2019

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary declines invitation to meet with Oireachtas committee

CEO Michael O’Leary
CEO Michael O’Leary

Niall O'Connor

Under-fire Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has refused a request to appear in front of an Oireachtas committee to discuss the controversy surrounding flight cancellations.

In a letter to TDs and senators today, Mr O'Leary claims that he cannot attend because he is too busy trying to minimise the impact the cancellations have had on customers.

And he claims that neither he or Ryanair will be taking on any speaking engagements over the coming weeks and months.

"I regret to advise that I will not be available to take up your invitation to meet with the committee on Wed 4 October, as all of our management time and attention will be devoted to minimising the impact of our recently announced flight cancellations upon our customers," Mr O'Leary wrote.

He added that Ryanair also intends to repair the "management failure within our pilot rostering department which caused these deeply regretted disruptions to our customers and their travel plans."

In the letter , sent to the Transport Committee and seen by, Mr O'Leary adds:

"Neither I nor Ryanair will be taking on any speaking or outside engagements over the coming weeks and months while we devote all of our time and attention to repairing this pilot rostering failure and to ensure it never recurs."

He concludes that customers' needs must be prioritised over appearing at an Oireachtas committee.

Ryanair has been under fire following last Wednesday's cancellation of an extra 18,000 flights, affecting potentially 400,000 passengers.

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