Ryanair boss says he may force pilots to change holiday plans

Michael O’Leary risks escalating dispute as he admits he cannot rule out further flight cancellations into November

The Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary, has escalated the airline’s dispute with pilots, saying they do not have a “difficult job” and claiming he can force them to give up a week of leave.

O’Leary is scrambling to prevent more disruption to Ryanair’s schedule after cancelling up to 50 flights a day due to a rota “mess-up” that left it short of pilots.

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