Ryanair COO says pilot staffing situation has stabilised

Ryanair has said its issues with pilot staffing have stabilised, with would-be Ryanair pilots ‘queueing up’ to join after the company decided to recognise unions and offer direct contracts. 

Along with direct employment contracts for new joiners, plus agreements to recognise unions in some countries, Ryanair has also dropped the cost of some training, known as a type rating, ordered more simulators and has 100 new training pilots.

When asked about whether Ryanair would be interested in Norwegian Air Shuttle at the CAPA conference in Dublin, Ryanair Chief Operations Officer Peter Bellew told reporters that Ryanair had its hands full. But he added that if IAG or Lufthansa ended up buying Norwegian and having to give up airport take-off and landing slots then Ryanair would be interested in those. 

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