MICHAEL O'Leary is the chief executive of budget airline Ryanair. One of the richest men in Ireland, O'Leary built his reputation on an abrasive management style and his occasionally hostile public statements — but what is the latest controversy surrounding his airline and what is his net worth? Who is Michael O'Leary? Michael Kevin O'Leary, 56, was born in Kanturk, County Cork, on 20 March 1961. He went on to study Economic and Social Studies at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 1983. After working at Stokes Kennedy Crowley, later known as KPMG, O'Leary became a personal tax adviser to Tony Ryan, head of Guiness Peat Aviation, a plane leasing firm. Tony Ryan went on to set up Ryanair in the late eighties, but it was massively unprofitable and O'Leary was dispatched on a fact-finding mission to see what could be learned from budget Southwest Airlines in the US. O'Leary was appointed deputy chief executive in 1991 and became chief executive in 1994. Since then he has … [Read more...] about Who is Michael O’Leary, what’s he said about Ryanair’s cancelled flights and what’s his net worth?
Airline cancels flight passenger rights
PUBLISHED: 14:04 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:04 07 September 2018 Martin Lewis, founder of moneysavingexpert.com Archant These simple guidelines from Moneysavingexpert’s Martin Lewis could help you claim back hundreds of pounds from cancelled or delayed flights. If you endured a frustrating wait in an airport this summer because of a flight delay or cancellation, you may be entitled to compensation. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto.Summer’s now over, and sadly there’s little you can do to repair a holiday ruined by flight delay or cancellation.Strikes like those which affected Ryanair this summer can cause difficulties, but many passengers are entitled to up to £550 per person compensation. In fact this applies even for delays as far back as 2012.This is not usually that difficult to do. I get positive feedback all the time, such as Andy who tweeted me: “@MartinSLewis Quick thanks. Followed your advice. Just received 2 x £540 for flight … [Read more...] about Martin Lewis of Moneysavingexpert.com: Can you claim back hundreds of pounds for a delayed or cancelled flight?
Ryanair is on a collision course with the airline's regulator over its decision to reject compensation claims amid a pilots' strike. The low-cost airline is claiming it does not need to compensate customers as it cancels hundreds of flights due to a strike by pilots and cabin crew across Europe.More than 600 flights were cancelled on Wednesday and Thursday as cabin crews in Belgium, Spain and Portugal went on strike over pay and conditions.The carrier is also facing more strikes by its Irish pilots over similar concerns. It threatened to cut 300 jobs among its Irish pilots and crews after they staged a third 24-hour strike on Tuesday.More than 100,000 customers who have been affected have been offered other flights or received refunds.A spokesperson for the Irish carrier said: "Ryanair fully complies with all EU261 legislation, however as these flight cancellations were caused by extraordinary circumstances, no compensation is due."Under EU261 legislation, no compensation is payable … [Read more...] about Ryanair refuses to compensate passengers for cancelled flights amid pilots strike
Thousands of airline passengers were stranded overnight in North Carolina's Charlotte-Douglas International Airport after technical troubles caused a regional carrier to abruptly cancel hundreds of flights. PSA Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, canceled 275 flights Thursday and around 400 flights Friday around the nation due to the technical issue. Charlotte's airport was especially hard hit, with nearly half of its daily scheduled flights canceled. Distressed travelers took to social media to post scenes from the airport, with local media reporting rental-car companies were running out of vehicles. The airline's efforts to accommodate passengers on American flights and other regional carriers were found lacking by some customers who expressed their displeasure online. One unhappy mother set the scene in a tweet: "So missed flight, clothes soaked in breastmilk, missing luggage, in serious pain, no place to sleep, screaming baby in another state. We've all got important … [Read more...] about Canceled flights strand thousands at Charlotte airport
Heather Garnett of Minneapolis and her family were among hundreds of Minnesota travelers whose flights home from Los Cabos, Mexico, were canceled Saturday because of the snow.But they were doubly stranded when they learned that Sun Country Airlines had ended its season Saturday and had no more flights — outbound or returning — from Los Cabos.Other passengers who were supposed to head home from Mazatlan were in the same boat. The airline’s website shows its next flight to or from Los Cabos on June 29; no flights at all are listed for Mazatlan.Unhappy passengers were venting their frustration on the airline’s Facebook page and Twitter account Sunday. The Eagan-based carrier said the flights were the last of the season so “we do not have another flight to reaccommodate passengers on.”It also said the passengers will receive a full refund for the return portion of their flight: “Flights will need to be purchased on another carrier. We apologize for … [Read more...] about Minnesotans stranded in Mexico after airline cancels last flights of the season due to snow