Sep 19, 2017

Does Ryanair have a pilot shortage?

Is Ryanair short of pilots? It's a critical question. The company's boss, Michael O'Leary, is adamant that they don't have a pilot shortage. One pilot told me that on a recent recruitment drive for another airline, 32 of the 40 people they took on were from Ryanair. "The issue is one of crewing, and crewing only. No company plans to implement a leave system that leaves them woefully undermanned during a peak period. Had Ryanair had enough pilots, this would not have been an issue. However, the lack of pilots has been laid bare for all to see." The people I spoke to said Ryanair was a good company to join as a young pilot, because they make you a captain quickly.

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