Pilot Crisis for Ryanair rolls on as crews reject holiday offer

Ryanair cancelled flights list UK Stansted

Workers have also discussed industrial action which is feared could worsen the current situation. "There isn't a union".

However, pilot representatives have rejected the cash bonus and said they want new contracts and better working conditions instead.

The airline has been forced to cancel up to 50 flights daily over the next six weeks - with over 2,000 already scrapped - affecting up to 400,000 holidaymakers.

Chief executive Michael O'Leary will tell pilots who plan to take four weeks of consecutive holiday in the coming months will be told to reduce it to three weeks, with the lost leave to be taken in January.

The airline did not need pilots' agreement for the change, he said.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary admitted for the fist time today that his airline cancelled nearly 2,000 flights because it doesn't have enough pilots, leading angry shareholders to criticise his "gung-ho management attitude".

The announcement comes just hours after a letter was sent to the company by a group of its existing pilots, rejecting an offer of a tax-free £12,000 bonus in exchange for working overtime.

The association also says Ryanair is struggling to cope with a high turnover rate among pilots as the airline expands its fleet.

Alex Neill, Which? Managing Director of Home Products and Services, said: "Ryanair's approach to informing affected passengers about compensation falls woefully short".

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has said the firm is planning to make pilots delay a week's holiday as it wrestles with massive flight cancellations. Since that announcement and the chaos that followed, stranded passengers have complained that Ryanair isn't providing the correct information for refunds and compensation for cancelled flights and that calls are going unanswered.

"There's an underlying problem at Ryanair, which is quite simply that the company can not replace pilots as fast as they quit", he wrote.

"Ryanair" hopes to process the requests of over 95% of affected customers by the end of this week, the report said.

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