The Ryanair pilot group are calling upon all shareholders to demand an extraordinary general meeting with Ryanair as soon as possible.
The list of false and contradictory statements from Ryanair seems to be growing on a daily basis.
Passenger faith, loyalty and confidence has been affected.
Ryanair staff are growing increasingly disillusioned and concerned at what seems to be a lack of wisdom, focus and a long term strategy for the company.
Devaluing the professionalism and integrity of the pilot body by CEO Michael O’Leary at last weeks AGM and press conferences has fueled the continuing exodus of pilots to other airlines. The next few months will see further pilot resignations as highly experienced Ryanair pilots, currently in the holding pool of other airlines, receive their starting dates in time for next year’s summer schedule. Ryanair, shareholders and the general public should be concerned about the dilution of the experience level of pilots within the Ryanair group.
Some of the questions that shareholders should ask are:
- Why is Ryanair denying a pilot shortage when flights are being cancelled due to a lack of pilots?
- If, as Ryanair suggests, the problem is caused by an imposed one-off holiday year readjustment for 2017, why are flights being canceled for the first four months of 2018?
- Why is communication to its staff from Ryanair so varied and fragmented? Up until a couple of days ago, pilots were receiving memos from Michael Hickey, Chief Operations Officer. Subsequently, pilots received memos from Diarmuid Rogers, Head of Flight Operations Base Management. Now pilots are receiving memos from Eddie Wilson, Chief People Officer. Who is in charge of the pilot group at Ryanair? These mixed messages and obvious lack of leadership is leading to further disillusionment of the pilot group and staff in general, which has implications for the success and growth of the company.
- Ryanair states that they are cancelling 18,000 flights affecting approximately 400,000 passengers. We feel these figures do not tell the full story. If these flights were allowed to mature and achieve the typical load factor of 94%, at an average fare of €41, the true figure would be over 3 million passengers with a potential revenue of over €131 million. What is the true potential loss of these cancelled flights?
- Why did Ryanair report the problem would be six weeks and now report it will be six months?
- Pilots feel that these cancellations will continue beyond March 2018 despite the communications from management. Shareholders should be asking if Ryanair management can guarantee that there will be no more cancellations due to rostering issues into the busy summer season of 2018 and beyond.
The continuing problems at Ryanair show no signs of abating in the short term. The Ryanair pilot group and staff firmly believe that these problems will only get worse. Ryanair management seem to be adopting a ‘head in the sand’ attitude towards the pilot shortage which has been widely acknowledged by the aviation industry. We feel that the shareholders should take action as soon possible to protect their investments before these issues at Ryanair are compounded.