Turbulent times for Ryanair


Sir, – My parents are in Nice for 10 days and their scheduled Ryanair flight home this Thursday was cancelled. They now must stay an additional two nights enjoying lovely, balmy, sunny weather, French cuisine, strolls along the beautiful Promenade des Anglais, and all compliments of Ryanair! On top of this Michael O’Leary will be throwing in €250 each in compensation.

Not too bad for a no-frills airline! – Yours, etc,


Dublin 1.

Sir, – It is one thing for passengers to put up with a small amount of unpleasantness for the sake of a cheaper fare, but quite another for them to be unsure if their flight will even be going or not. – Yours, etc,


Arbour Hill,

Dublin 7.

A chara, – It seems that Ryanair’s problem is not with pilots’ leave, rather with pilots leaving. – Is mise,



Co Carlow.

Sir, – Heard on RTÉ radio news: “Next up, Ryanair cancelled flights”. – Yours, etc,



Co Louth.

Sir, – What was Ryanair thinking of when it produced its bombshell of six weeks of cancellations with little warning and most likely infuriating 350,000 customers? As Conor Pope suggests (Analysis, September 18th), it has transformed itself from “the low fares airline” to “the don’t care airline” in an instant. It displays a staggering disregard for the welfare, dreams and plans of its customers. I am sure I am one of many thousands who will not use their services in the future. Apart from the damage to its own reputation, it has done no favours to the reputation of this country. – Yours, etc,



Co Wicklow.

Sir, – I suppose it would be unrealistic to expect you to publish a letter calling for the appointment of Michael O’Leary as the new Garda commissioner? He is usually touted as the answer to every case of poor management arising in the public sector. As a bonus, breathtalysers could be scrapped altogether, as the prospect of being stopped at a checkpoint by Michael O’Leary would make most people stop drinking, speeding and talking on their phones. – Yours, etc,



Co Dublin.