Ryanair Begs Pilots To Return

Ryanair Begs Pilots To ReturnLast night it emerged that Ryanair was trying to get former pilots to return to the struggling airline.

A shortage of pilots has prompted Ryanair to cancel around 700,000 bookings and over 20,000 flights over the winter, as well as disgruntled pilots leaving the budget airline in droves. Instead Ryanair has been insisting they have been swamped with applications from hopeful pilots wishing to join one of the UK’s biggest airlines.

But it has emerged that Ryanair has been emailing their ex pilots as well as pilots from its competitors, Jet2 and Norwegian promising pay increases and better working conditions.

In an email sent by Ryanairs flight operation manager Elaine Griffin, she describes “the significant changes that are taking place at Ryanair – including a pay rise of around 20 per cent for pilots and first officers, as well as increased resources in pilot rostering, crew control, bases management and training.”

She concludes: “If you are interested in having a conversation about returning to Ryanair, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please let me know if you are open to a conversation on this, or if you have any specific queries, and I will give you a call.”

The airlines pilot recruiter Darren Kinsella writes: “With our new improved pay deals, our captains can earn 26 percent more than Jet2 and 20 per cent more than Norwegian. We would be delighted to hear from you and would be happy to address any questions you may have.”

After its shock announcement last month that it would cancel hundreds of thousands of flights, Ryanair is struggling to rebuild its reputation. It says it was forced to do that because it messed up its holiday rota, resulting in a shortage of pilots as too many took their holiday towards the end of the year.

However, one pilot said: “It is not just normal pilots who are leaving. We are losing training captains – the guys needed to train replacement cadets and captains. They are leaving in droves.”

A Ryanair spokesman said: We have sent this letter to a small number of pilots. We have recruited over 860 pilots this year.

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