In an interview with The Telegraph, the outspoken airline boss claimed his airline is “completely unaffected” by the difficulties facing rival airlines and then went on to call Boris Johnson “entirely untrustworthy”.
When talking about the cancellation of flights across Europe due to over bookings and a lack of human resources O’Leary told The Telegraph: "We started recruiting and training new pilots and cabin crew last November, so we began earlier than any other airline. The other thing we did sensibly during Covid is that we didn’t fire thousands of cabin crew or pilots or engineers."
"If a pilot doesn’t fly once a month, they lose their licence. You then have to put a pilot back into a simulator for three months to get his licence back.”
"We made sure, even if we had flights with no passengers, we sent up pilots and cabin crew. We sent everybody flying at least once a month. We didn’t dump them all at home and say ‘we’ll call you in 18 months when this is all over’.”
O’Leary also had choice words about the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson: "The cabinet has less ******* brainpower than your average plant. The prime minister is entirely untrustworthy – not just anything he says, but certainly on economic issues.”
He said he has not met Mr Johnson and “I’ve no desire to meet him. He’s an idiot of the highest ******* order”.
Not often I agree with Mr. O'Leary but he is spot on here! His comment about the cabinet and plants is over generous to the members of it.
By Barry G from Lisbon on 28 Jun 2022, 14:48
I am not a fan of Mr. O'Leary, but I wholeheartedly share his opinion of Boris Johnson and his cabinet.
By Greg from Other on 28 Jun 2022, 16:42
From one IDIOT to Another.!!!!!!!!
By J from Algarve on 28 Jun 2022, 20:38
This is the man who considered asking passengers to pay to use toilets on Ryan Air flights. I’d take what he has to say with a pinch of salt!
By Ian from Other on 29 Jun 2022, 07:32
From one IDIOT TO ANOTHER. !!!!!
By J from Lisbon on 29 Jun 2022, 10:33
Throwing around insults and abuse at a politician is not a constructive way forward for a CEO to behave. It undermines the standing of his company, and diminishes its image in the eyes of its customers.
By Billy Bissett from Porto on 29 Jun 2022, 12:47
Not one of the complains against Boris states a reason. Come on let me have at least two, which would justify this outburst.
By Hans J Fuchs from Lisbon on 29 Jun 2022, 16:49
In fairness he's right on this occasion all the other lines made their staff redundant while claiming support from their governments. Their paying the price now and so are the passengers
By Fidelma Frewen from Other on 30 Jun 2022, 02:59