The low-cost airline Ryanair and its former chief pilot are now going their separate ways. At the end of May 2023, the company received an anonymous tip pointing towards allegations of harassment. As part of internal investigations, several female pilots are said to have complained about the 50-year-old man. Now it rained the dismissal without notice.
The workforce was informed in a circular on Wednesday that the previous chief pilot had been dismissed with immediate effect. He also held a nominated person position, which is now being filled. According to the internal memo, the allegations, which are presumed innocent, are as follows: The manager and pilot engaged in « repeatedly inappropriate and unacceptable conduct towards a number of young women pilots in violation of Ryan Air’s anti-harassment policy. » . The low-cost airline made the decision as the “result of an investigation carried out in the last few days”.
According to a media report by the “Irish Independent”, the ball started rolling when someone allegedly complained anonymously to the designated department within Ryanair at the end of May. There, the allegations were by no means ignored, but an internal investigation was initiated. In the course of this, eight young pilots are said to have « unpacked » and trusted their experiences. The statements are also said to have been documented with text messages that the former chief pilot is said to have sent to them. The captain would also have been accused of altering rosters to allow him to fly with his « favorite ladies ». The total sum of the allegations as well as evidence that could be presented by the young female pilots were probably too much for the management around Ryanair DAC boss Eddie Wilson and the dismissal without notice rained down.
The man concerned, for whom the presumption of innocence applied, was a veteran of the low-cost airline. He has been working as a pilot for the low-coster since 1990 and rose to become chief pilot over the years and also held an important NP position.
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