1. ITV Report

Ryanair chief plans pilot holiday switch to solve airline cancellations

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary speaks during the AGM at the airline's Dublin headquarters, where the crisis over pilot shortages and warnings that crews are rejecting cash bonuses to commit to the airline will be addressed. Credit: PA

Ryanair’s chief executive has said he is planning to make pilots delay a week’s holiday to prevent any further flight cancellations.

The airline has had to cancel 40-50 flights every day for the next six-weeks after it mismanaged pilot’s holidays.

Michael O’Leary told the company’s AGM in Dublin that the blunder had cost the firm about £22 million pounds so far.

Mr O’Leary said pilots due to take a four-week block of holidays in the next few months will be told to reduce that to three-weeks.

He said they will get the other week back in January.

Mr O'Leary said the airline did not need the agreement of pilots to take back a week of their leave.

He also apologised for the disruption, which he said was down to mismanagement of the pilots' rostering system.

He refused to discuss media reports that many pilots had turned down offers of £12,000 or 12’000 euros bonus and instead demanded improved contracts.