Belfast Telegraph

Ryanair pilots vote to accept up to 20% increase in wages

By Business Reporters

Ryanair pilots have voted to accept a pay offer, giving them increases of up to 20%.

Michael O'Leary's airline said the pay of its pilots in the UK was now 20% more than those in other companies flying 737 Boeing aircraft.

The increase will be paid next week after being accepted in bases including Stansted.

Most Ryanair pilots in Ireland have already agreed to the new rates, although around a third of staff in Dublin have not yet voted, which Ryanair said was "disappointing".

Talks with pilots' representatives in Dublin were progressing slowly, said Ryanair, adding: "Ryanair will continue to communicate with the 35% of Dublin pilots who have yet to accept this substantial pay increase which, if accepted, can be included in the February payroll and will take them to 20% higher pay than Norwegian 737 pilots in Dublin."

Two select committees have written to HM Revenue and Customs and the Director of Labour Market Enforcement asking them to investigate Ryanair and the agencies used to supply its cabin crew.

Meanwhile, a record 1.13 million flights operated in Irish airspace last year, according to the Irish Aviation Authority.

The figure was 2.5% higher than in 2016.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) also confirmed yesterday that it has commenced construction of a new control tower at Dublin Airport.

The new tower is required to facilitate the eventual operation of the new runway being built at the airport.

Belfast Telegraph

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