Monday 20 November 2017

Ryanair boss called before Dáil committee over flight cancellation controversy

Michael O'Leary
Michael O'Leary
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary is to be invited to appear before TDs for a grilling on the flight cancellation controversy.

Members of the Oireachtas Transport Committee want to press the airline executive on the working conditions of pilots and its treatment of passengers.

Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy said that while Mr O’Leary is under no obligation to attend the committee, “it would nonetheless be the right thing to do”.

Last year Mr O’Leary was a controversial guest speaker at a business event organised by Mr Troy.

But the Westmeath TD said: “Ryanair passengers want assurances that this issue is being dealt with appropriately and the Oireachtas Transport Committee offers Mr O’Leary a forum in which to address these concerns.”

He added: “Ryanair have committed to ensuring all passengers affected by the cancellations are adequately compensated. The Commission for Aviation Regulation needs to ensure that Ryanair follows through on this commitment. People cannot be left out of pocket as a result of cancellations which are outside of their control.

“It’s worrying that Ryanair has announced these additional cancellations considering it’s CEO Michael O’Leary stated at a press conference last week that it was on top of the situation and that further disruption was unlikely. People are understandably concerned that further cancellations could be on the way considering the manner in which Ryanair have handled this issue to date.”

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