Michael O’Leary has apologised to pilots for flight cancellations and has offered them new bonuses

Michael O’Leary is said to have asked pilots not to move to rival airlines, promising pay increases, a “productivity/loyalty bonus” and “significant improvements” to contracts and career progression.

It follows the cancellation of tens of thousands of flights through to March this year because of errors in how pilots are rostered for work, disrupting the travel plans of 700,000 passengers.

Ryanair has insisted the latest reduction in its schedule will “eliminate all risk of further flight cancellations”, with the CEO previously stating the airline was “not short of pilots”.

In Thursday’s letter, published by TheJournal.ie, Mr O’Leary urges pilots not to forsake Ryanair for “less financially secure/or Brexit challenged airlines”.

Michael O'Leary

Michael O’Leary has offered bonuses of €12,000 to disuade pilots from moving to other airlines

If you are considering joining one of the less financially secure airlines, I urge you to stay with Ryanair for a brighter future for you and your family

Michael O’Leary

Under a section entitled “Learning from this mistake”, Mr O’Leary promises “significant changes to, and investment in, our rostering and pilot career development” over the next six months.

He also pledges to exceed pilot pay offered by Ryanair’s rivals, and a bonus of €12,000 (£10,700) to dissuade pilots from moving elsewhere.

Near the end of the letter he writes: “If you have or are considering joining one of these less financially secure/or Brexit challenged airlines, I urge you to stay with Ryanair for a brighter better future for you and your family.”

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