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Ryanair will not raise rates despite paying 100 million more per year to its pilots after protests

O'Leary admits that the airline, which will open 29 more connections in Spain, has lowered 30% the tickets to Catalonia to maintain the demand

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Ryanair will not raise rates despite paying 100 million more per year to its pilots after protests

The CEO of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, admitted Tuesday in Madrid that agreement to which y have come with pilots to improve ir salaries by 20% will be an additional disbursement of 100 million euros per year, but despite this promised not to go up The rates to stay as " cheapest airline on market".

O'Leary has defended anti-union model hirto implemented by Irish company-30 years without trade unions-and justified change of policy, with trade union recognition last December of unions in Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal, because "for first time re have been a majority of pilots who have asked for it".

In this sense, Irish airline called on Sepla Pilots union not to delay furr vote of 20% increase of salary for Spanish pilots that company is offering in all its bases and that is, points out, "independent of Negotiations that are being maintained for union recognition. "

Ryanair suffered last fall a wave of cancellations, which has affected more than 20,000 flights from September 2017 until next March, by flight of pilots to or companies before low wages of low cost airline. The pilots ' protests to recognize ir right to unionize and threats of strike, led airline to give in its anti-Union policy and accept negotiations with union representatives.

The executive histrionic was convinced that after closing agreement with pilots will stop flight to or companies like Norwegian, because ir salaries are now 20% higher than rest of low cost airlines. For next year, Ryanair shall admit syndication of cabin crew members.

New Connections in Spain

The CEO of Ryanair has moved to Madrid to announce 2018 winter calendar for Spain, which includes 29 new connections and increase in frequencies in 35 of routes it operates, which envisages transporting more than 41.5 million of Pasaj Eros, 9% more, and exceed 130 million travelers in ir fiscal year (March 2017 to March 2018)

Thus, airline will offer new connections from Barcelona to Malta; 3 new flights from Palma to Bergamo, Rome Ciampino and Dusseldorf; 3 flights from Alicante to Bologna, Gdansk (Poland) and Newquay (United Kingdom); 6 flights from Valencia to Bordeaux, Cagliari, Fez, Tangier, Bristol, Palermo; 13 New connections from Seville (Bristol, Alicante, Cagliari, Catania, Malta, Edinburgh, Fuerteventura, Luxembourg, Nantes, Oporto, Rabat, Venice and Tangier; a flight from Tenerife south to Milan Malpensa; a flight from Gran Canaria to Venice Treviso and anor from Santander to Budapest.

With regard to Catalonia, O'Leary acknowledged that y have had to lower rates by 30% in flights to Catalonia since crisis erupted secessionist last October to keep planes occupied.

"The situation affects stability and continues: rates this summer will be lower than last year. There is nervousness in UK, Ireland and Germany when it comes to booking weekend trips to Barcelona. "We will stop lowering prices in Catalonia when we return to glimpse growth and re is no visibility at moment," said Irish executive. .

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