Michael O'Leary - Ryanair


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Peter will lead a significant transformation in the way we reward and interact with our pilots, improve their working environment and career development over the coming years as we grow the fleet to some 600 aircraft and expand our traffic, at lower fares, to 200 million customers per year.feedback
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Oct 17 2017 Ryanair
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Michael O'Leary is associated, including Ryanair, European Union, and pricing. Most recently, Michael O'Leary has been quoted saying: “If Britain gets pushed out of the EU, it is absolutely the legal position that flights must stop. You've got to negotiate that bilaterally. If we don't know the legal basis for which they're being operated, we'll be forced to cancel those flights by December 2018, so we can put those flights on sale in Europe.” in the article What the grim reality of a ‘bad-tempered’ Brexit means.
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Sep 24 2017 - Ryanair

I would wipe their bums for a fiver. The airline business is mostly run by a bunch of spineless nincompoops who actually don't want to stand up to the environmentalists and call them the lying wankers that they are.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Ryanair

We may have got pilot pay a little on the low side.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Ryanair

We don't need their agreement. It is part of our working agreements with the pilots and our rostering agreements that if we need to take back holidays–with reasonable notice we can do so.feedback

Sep 21 2017 - Ryanair

There won't be more cancellations because of the rostering issues.feedback

Sep 21 2017 - Ryanair

Will there be squabbles with pilots? There may be. They have been happening for about 30 years.feedback

Sep 21 2017 - Ryanair

I don't even know how there would be industrial action in Ryanair.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Ryanair

We will not be trying to claim exceptional circumstances. This is our mess up. When we make a mess in Ryanair, we come out with our hands up. We try to explain why we made the mess. We will pay compensation to those passengers entitled to compensation which will be those flights that are cancelled over the next two weeks.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Ryanair

I would be very worried about any pilots leaving Ryanair or any other airline to go to Norwegian. I don't believe Norwegian will survive the next 12 months.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Ryanair

This issue will not recur in 2018 as Ryanair goes back onto a 12-month calendar leave. Ryanair is not short of pilots–we were able to fully crew our peak summer schedule.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Ryanair

Our booking engine is full of passengers who have sworn they will never fly with us again.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Ryanair

We will not pay for flights on other airlines. We cannot afford to pay the high costs of our competitors. This is clearly a mess-up. But it is my mess-up, and a mess I have to clear up.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Ryanair

There were some overoptimistic briefings coming from rostering.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Ryanair

We did not focus on the concern we were causing to the 18 million passengers flying with us over the next six weeks. I say sorry to them.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Ryanair

Ultimately, they cannot and will not be changing the Irish contracts or the structure of the Irish contracts. So it's not going to make any change whatsoever.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Ryanair

We would have to order new planes, whether Boeing or Airbus.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Ryanair

What is increasingly likely to happen is that there will be no flights. Mrs May and the Brexiteers will be trying to explain that to you in 12 months' time, why getting a car to Scotland or a ferry to Ireland are the only options on offer.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Ryanair

If Britain gets pushed out of the EU , it is absolutely the legal position that flights must stop. You've got to negotiate that bilaterally. And yet David Davies and the other geniuses in Brussels can't negotiate the departure bill, the EU citizen rights ... they haven't got round to talking about aviation. If we don't know the legal basis for which they're being operated we'll be forced to cancel those flights by December 2018 so we can put those flights on sale in Europe.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Ryanair

You'll see not just us but other airlines start to scream at Mrs May. We have to deal with the discomfort to our fellow passengers, diversions of aircraft, and danger when it becomes out of hand.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Ryanair

That ownership and control structure won't survive a hard Brexit. Even the Germans can see their way through that one. The charade is going to be hugely ineffective.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Ryanair

What the British have underestimated is to the extent that the voices in Europe are lobbying against a deal on flights ... There's an increasing awareness in the corridors of power in Paris, Brussels and Frankfurt that aviation is the one to stick it to the British government over, because [its effects] come six months before March 2019. All bookings for summer 2019 will carry a government health warning, that this is subject to regulatory approval.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Ryanair

The French and Germans aren't sitting on the sideslines: they're going to actively shaft [British Airways owner IAG] and easyJet. This is an historic opportunity for them.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Ryanair

We will be submitting an offer for the 90 jet aircraft, with their pilots, cabin crew, routes etc.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Ryanair

We'd be very willing to buy Alitalia. But I suspect... given we're the number one airline in Italy we'd be blocked under EU competition rules.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Ryanair

I think one of the aspects of Alitalia that is really attractive is the long haul fleet. There is the capacity to grow very strongly.feedback

Jul 24 2017 - Ryanair

We have told them to go back and if they can come up with a price on the Max 10 that meaningfully reduces our unit cost, we would be very happy to place an order. We are very interested in the aircraft - but we are only interested in this aircraft or any aircraft if it lowers our unit costs. We do believe that a 230 seat aircraft can deliver a meaningful reduction in unit costs.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Ryanair

There is not a legal mechanism on which airlines can operate in a 'hard Brexit, no deal' outcome. There will simply be no flights.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Ryanair

If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seatbelt won't save you. You don't need a seatbelt on the London Underground. You don't need a seatbelt on trains which are travelling at 120mph and if they crash you're all dead….feedback

May 30 2017 - Ryanair

The gap is widening between Ryanair and our competitors.feedback

May 30 2017 - Ryanair

We have seen profitability double ... over a three year period and frankly I see no reason why that trend won't continue.feedback

May 30 2017 - Ryanair

I see a lot of airlines talking up the first half of the year and talking up (revenue per passenger) yield performance. I think that is a little overdone.feedback

May 30 2017 - Ryanair

The gap is widening between Ryanair and our competitors. Investors should be wary of the risk of negative Brexit developments, or any repeat of last year's security events at European cities, which could damage consumer confidence.feedback

May 23 2017 - Ryanair

We've written to the Italian government and we've said 'look, if something untoward happens, don't worry, we will step into the breach.feedback

Mar 09 2017

There isn't going to be another arrangement. There's a real prospect that the UK will be dumped out.feedback

Feb 08 2017 - Ryanair

We would be very happy to buy and fly Airbus. They're equally good aircraft. The main reason for our purchase decisions is which can we get cheaper.feedback

Feb 06 2017 - Ryanair

Europe's airlines have either been taking on too much new capacity or have not been retiring loss-making capacity over the past two years because oil prices were falling. That should reverse itself this year. We hope it will be less than [5 percent] but frankly, the way we are expanding capacity, the way others are expanding capacity, it may be worse.feedback

Jan 25 2017 - Ryanair

We can help them by offering them cheap feed, low-cost feed into their hubs … but that means taking out aircraft, people, and that's very difficult politically in Italy. We are still talking to them. It is nothing other than a takeover. They have been very receptive. The outcome for fares depends on what happens on Brexit and economic confidence in UK and Europe, what happens to oil, and unforeseen security events.feedback

Jan 25 2017 - Ryanair

As long as profitability continues to rise from 1.25 billion (euros) last year, in line with traffic, … I see no reason why share buy backs shouldn't continue, absent unforeseen shocks.feedback

Jan 25 2017 - Ryanair

We have a plan, we think, for every eventuality. But the reality is no one bloody knows. If we had 12 months' notice, we could re-house 100 aircraft into continental Europe – I mean we have 84 bases. But it would mean significant over-capacity (on intra-EU routes) …and there would be downward pressure on pricing and on profits for a year or two. There are 500 different scenarios, some of them involve us closing them [the UK routes] down, most of them don't.feedback

Jan 24 2017 - Ryanair

We worry that the price of remaining in Open Skies will be the UK accepting freedom of movement of people ... I think that may be unlikely, in which case we may be heading for a very hard Brexit. I don't think it is possible to get interim arrangements through 27 European parliaments in a two-year period, so the British will fall off a cliff in two years' time. There will be slower UK growth but also slower European growth.feedback

Nov 07 2016 - Ryanair

Given the (election) results are out in two days time, I don't think it will make that much difference, unless of course Trump upsets the polls, in which case chaos will ensue. But it might be entertaining for a number of months.feedback

Nov 07 2016 - Ryanair

We have much bigger issues here, certainly, in Europe to worry about rather than who's in the White House.feedback

Nov 07 2016 - Ryanair

We have EU incumbents retrenching, restructuring...creating more and more opportunities for Ryanair, particularly in primary airports.feedback

Oct 18 2016 - Ryanair

We would caution that this revised guidance remains heavily dependent upon no further weakness in H2 fares (-13 percent to -15 percent) or sterling from its current levels.feedback

Oct 18 2016 - Ryanair

We are in a low-fare environment, but we like low-fare environments because we are the lowest-cost producer. We are taking very significant traffic away from incumbents … and we see that continuing.feedback

Oct 18 2016 - Ryanair

In every market we are competing with other incumbents, whether they be allegedly low cost carriers or legacy carriers. We are taking very significant traffic away ... and we see that continuing.feedback

Oct 18 2016 - Ryanair

There's never been a worse time to be a competitor of Ryanair.feedback

Sep 28 2016 - Ryanair

The German airports will then be trying to encourage Ryanair to open more routes. So I think it's likely to speed up our growth in Germany.feedback

Aug 17 2016 - Greece

We are talking about new investments in Italy that we are making by revisiting our programmes in Greece, Poland and Spain.feedback

Jul 25 2016 - Ryanair

Always in a downturn we would expect to see lower pricing, but we maintain demand.feedback

Jul 25 2016 - Ryanair

This modest 4 percent increase in (first quarter) profit to 256 million euro ($281 million) is in line with previous guidance.feedback

Jul 25 2016 - Ryanair

I don't think any other airline in Europe will be delivering or forecasting that kind of profit growth. But all of the clouds on the horizon suggest there are significant risks to the downside in the second half of the year.feedback

Jun 22 2016 - Ryanair

What more can we do to persuade the U.K. to vote for remain tomorrow.feedback

May 23 2016 - Ryanair

It goes to show just how bizarrely incompetent the 'leave' campaign are. We launched a huge seat sale for British citizens to come back to the U.K. ... Come home and vote Remain,' of course, there's nothing stopping the people who want to vote leave coming home either.feedback

May 16 2016 - Ryanair

If Britain leaves the single market Britain may be forced out of the Open Skies regime and airfares and the cost of holidays will rise. That's not speculation, that's a certainty.feedback

May 13 2016 - Ryanair

The longer-term effect though is we will invest less in the UK, we will certainly switch some of our existing UK investment into other European counties because we want to continue to invest in the European Union and it will be bad for air travel and British tourism.feedback

May 13 2016 - Ryanair

Will Ryanair have any effect? I think not really. Around the margins, we may.feedback

May 13 2016 - Ryanair

After 9/11, after every crisis Ryanair is selling cheaper fares, we keep people flying. So the fact is it would have a downward effect on our pricing for six to 12 months, but we will keep people flying.feedback

Feb 16 2016 - Greece

Ryanair has invested in Athens and also in many of the Greek islands, and we are growing strongly here in the market because there is significant demand from all over Europe, from people who want to visit Athens and visit Greece.feedback

Jan 02 2016 - Ryanair

In light of our rising profitability and improving cashflow, the board has approved an 800 million euro share buy-back to commence on Feb 5 next.feedback

Dec 04 2015 - Ryanair

In January-March we'll see a 10-20 million euro hit. That's due to the ATC (air traffic control) strikes and the Brussels attacks. What is harder to gauge is what will be the impact on travel confidence after Easter, in the April-May period. It's too early to say if there will be a material impact. In general, the airlines will have to lower air fares after Easter because there will still be a rump of nervousness.feedback

May 19 2014 - Ryanair

While disappointing that profits fell 8 percent… we reacted quickly to this weaker environment last September by lowering fares and improving our customer experience.feedback

Nov 04 2013 - Ryanair

There is a weaker pricing environment out there. Get over it. Wherever that pricing falls, it will be significantly below what our competitors can withstand.feedback

Sep 04 2013 - Ryanair

I have no doubt that the market will be weaker than the industry is expecting over the next couple of months and we are going to respond to that by being out there first and being aggressive with pricing.feedback

Apr 12 2013 - Ryanair

They just invented these false claims some six months after they were dismissed: one for breach of safety regulations, and two was dismissed because she wouldn't turn up for work during her 12-month probation.feedback

May 23 2011 - Ryanair

I see a lot of upside in us not growing for the next year or two, at least not growing in the top line.feedback

May 23 2011 - Ryanair

I think the regulators are a bit more sensible than they were last year. I hope there will be no airspace closures – there shouldn't be, certainly not over any countries where we are flying.feedback

Jan 31 2011 - Ryanair

This small Q3 loss is disappointing, as we were on track to break even, but earnings were hit by a series of air traffic controllers strikes compounded by a spate of bad weather airport closures in December.feedback

Nov 02 2010 - Ryanair

Can we have some common sense response to this, to maybe cargo aircraft or to cargo packages, but we really don't need any more complicated and completely ineffectual security measures for passengers at airports, given that most of the existing ones have no bearing on security whatsoever.feedback

Jun 01 2010 - Ryanair

I think largely speaking they (Ryanair's good results) are the causes of much of BA's losses. I mean, passengers are increasingly switching to flying with Ryanair, because they get the lowest fares, the most on-time flights, and we don't lose their bags either.feedback

Apr 22 2010 - Ryanair

We've never refused to pay, we just said yesterday we would propose to limit the payments to the ticket price paid. We will reimburse reasonable receipted expenses from disrupted passengers if they send them to us, but we will not be paying compensation because the EU261 says no compensation arises if the cancellations are not the fault of the airlines.feedback

Jun 05 2007 - Ryanair

The market is soft. Passengers are facing significantly higher taxes and charges and I think that's having a dampening effect on growth.feedback

Aug 14 2006

The new security provisions which the British Airports Authority have already confirmed today are unworkable over the longer term and need to be revised. Either the government's got to give the airports more security staff, either army or police personnel, or we've got to restore the security checks to more normal levels.feedback

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