Ryanair's Stansted pilots agree to new pay deal

A Ryanair plane at Stansted. Credit: Press Association.

Budget airline Ryanair hopes its pilot woes could be coming to an end after workers agreed to a new pay deal.

It will see wages increase by up to 20% starting with their January pay packets.

Pilots at Stansted Airport in Essex had previously rejected a deal but have since voted in a secret ballot to approve the latest offering.

A Ryanair plane at Stansted airport Credit: Press Association.

Ryanair claims it will mean its pilots' pay in the UK will be 20% more than rival airlines flying 737 jets, Norwegian and Jet 2.

The budget carrier's pilot problems began last year when it had to cancel tens of thousands of flights after a mix-up with rosters left it understaffed.

It caused disruption for 700,000 passengers and sparked a further feud when pilots objected to comments made by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary.

The airline has since agreed to recognise unions as representatives of pilots. Negotiations with BALPA, the UK pilot union, are continuing.