I thought I’d make a discussion topic today to hopefully get the community talking about this particular problem facing one of the worlds biggest airlines. Yes, Ryanair!
If you’ve been keeping up with the news recently enough you’ll know Ryanair management have had a few rough months. And it looks like it’s only getting worse. Yes, I’m talking about pilot strikes. The biggest problem facing Ryanair is relations with their crew. The people on the frontline getting people from A to B and beyond.
As of today (9th August) Ryanair Pilots in Germany and the Netherlands will be striking on Friday 10th August. The work stoppage will last 24 hours. Out of the 2,400 European flights operated by Ryanair on Friday, 400 of them will be cancelled stirring up chaos among passengers. All the passengers affected are expected to get a full refund or be accommodated on another flight. As you can imagine this is a huge blow to Ryanair and continues the bad summer Ryanair are already having. These strikes certainly aren’t doing Ryanair any favours. Ryanair released a statement yesterday slamming unions for their unpredictable behavior.
so what’s it all about?
Ryanair Pilots aren’t happy with how base transfer requests are being dealt with.
Ryanair Pilots are also requesting an annual leave system based on seniority.
Ryanair Pilots want their working terms to be on par with airlines like TUI.
Ryanair Pilots have a long history of striking dating back years. Some recent strikes include, the July 20th and 24th strike in which Irish based Ryanair pilots held a strike and over 30 flights from Ireland to Europe were cancelled. Ryanair provoked the unions actions and said “if they wish to hold another unsuccessful strike again, then so be it.”
Is Ryanair leadership failing?
There’s no doubt Michael O’Leary the CEO of Ryanair has been a great asset to Ryanair and the airline has seen exponential growth during his time in charge. Michael O’Leary is known for his charismatic approach to running a low cost carrier, from suggesting charging for onboard toilets to having passengers stand during flights. However in light of these recent strikes and the very unhealthy relationship between Ryanair management and it’s crew on the frontline, is it time for Michael O’Leary to step down and have a more popular candidate with Ryanair Pilots who understands the problems Ryanair Pilots are facing on a regular basis and to implement change to transform Ryanair as we know it?
One thing is for sure, if Michael O’Leary and his team doesn’t make better progress with its pilots unions in Ireland, UK, Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Spain it’s safe to say it’s only going to get worse for Ryanair and cause further more severe disruption for its passengers.
Let me know what your thoughts are!