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As I understand it they changed the year from running from April 1st to March 31st to running from January to December. Pilots suddenly had to get leave in before the end of the year.How did thèy let this get so out of hand? Surely they have a plan for staff holidays?
It's a smoke screen. Ryanair is losing a lot of pilots as they obviously feel they can get a better, permanent position with other airlines, so this holiday malarky is probably to offset a full scale industrial action.As I understand it they changed the year from running from April 1st to March 31st to running from January to December. Pilots suddenly had to get leave in before the end of the year.
We messed up pilot holidays, says Ryanair
""We have messed up in the planning of pilot holidays and we're working hard to fix that," he said.
Most of the cancellations are due to a backlog of staff leave which has seen large numbers of the airline's staff book holidays towards the end of the year.
The airline is changing its holiday year, which currently runs from April to March, to run from January to December instead.
Rynanair said the shift meant it had to allocate annual leave to pilots in September and October."
Why change at all? If something works don't try and fix it.
No other airline would. That is what travel insurance is for.Ryanair to tell 400,000 passengers of cancelled flights after 'mess-up'
O’Leary said consequential losses, caused when travellers cancel hire cars or hotels, will not be covered by Ryanair. He added that the airline will not book passengers on to rival airlines to get them to their destination on time.
“We will not pay for flights on other airlines,” he said. “We cannot afford to pay the high costs of our competitors.”
I am talking about hotels etcNot true. When Virgin decided to abandon their domestic operation, they DID re-book all their pax onto BA (arch competitor). When they ceased their Sydney operation, they re-protected their booked pax onto another airline. etc.
I am not defending Ryanair. But those with cancelled flights a few weeks away should be able to book on another flight on the same day or within 24 hours with the majoritySimply? Won't everyone be doing that? People have hire cars, hotels, child care booked. Thousands of people have suddenly been screwed over at once.
On my way back from Stuttgart they have me in seat 4E. My mate in 3E and 5E. Next to me was another guy (so 4D). His mate was in 3D and 5D. Same with the gentlemen in 4F. Could of sat us together. But being spiteful separated usThey're a bunch of spiteful bastards...
We used them for a holiday last week, and checked in on line 4 days before hand... We were asked if we wanted to pay for seats (7.50 upwards), we declined... So they sat us at opposite ends of the plane despite my row being completely empty, and my lady having seats either side of her...
So, after one seat was booked (free of charge) we then tried to book myself next to my lady,but then they tried to charge 13 quid..!
But as it happens,the guy next to me - his mate was sitting next to my lady so we swapped over...
With other cheap airlines, you can pay to sit where you want, if you decline then they will sit you together if there are seats available and not 15 rows away...
Spare a thought for poor ole Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive of Ryanair.
After arriving in a hotel in Manchester, he went to the bar and asked for a pint of Guinness.
The barman nodded and said, "That will be £1 please, Mr. O’Leary."
Somewhat taken aback, O'Leary replied, "That's very cheap," and handed over his money.
"Well, we do try to stay ahead of the competition", said the barman. "And we are serving free pints every Wednesday from 6 pm until 8 pm. We have the cheapest beer in England".
"That is remarkable value", Michael comments.
"I see you don't seem to have a glass, so you'll probably need one of ours. That will be £3 please."
O'Leary scowled, but paid up.
He took his drink and walked towards a seat. "Ah, you want to sit down?" said the barman. "That'll be an extra £2. You could have pre-booked the seat, and it would have only cost you £1."
"I think you may be too big for the seat sir, can I ask you to sit in this frame please".
Michael attempts to sit down but the frame is too small and when he can't squeeze in, he complains "Nobody would fit in that little frame".
"I'm afraid if you can't fit in the frame you'll have to pay an extra surcharge of £4 for your seat sir".
O'Leary swore to himself, but paid up. "I see that you have brought your laptop with you" added the barman. "And since that wasn't pre-booked either, that will be another £3."
O'Leary was so incensed that he walked back to the bar, slammed his drink on the counter, and yelled, "This is ridiculous, I want to speak to the manager".
"I see you want to use the counter," says the barman, "that will be £2 please."
O'Leary's face was red with rage. "Do you know who I am?"
"Of course I do Mr. O'Leary."
"I've had enough! What sort of a Hotel is this? I come in for a quiet drink and you treat me like this. I insist on speaking to a manager!"
"Here is his e-mail address, or if you wish, you can contact him between 9.00 am and 9.01am every morning, Monday to Tuesday at this free phone number. Calls are free, until they are answered, then there is a talking charge of only £1 per second, or part thereof".
"I will never use this bar again".
"OK sir, but do remember, we are the only hotel in England selling pints for £1."