Pilots are not treated as the highly trained professionals that they are by many companies and that is why they are leaving, according to a former member of the profession.
Thousands of Ryanair flights are being cancelled due to an issue with staff leave. Now pilots have rejected an offer of a £12,000 bonus for working on their days off, but some reports claim pilots are actually leaving the airline due to the way they are treated.
Former airline pilot Terry Tozer told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "They've not been treated, and in fact even when I was still at it, pilots were not treated as the highly trained professionals that they should be by many companies.
"People are voting with their feet; the job market is good, they’ve got other options," he added. "I think the smoke screen they’re trying to put up about the reasons for [cancelled flights] frankly don’t stand up to scrutiny."
He claims the company doesn't "treat their crews terribly well. They work them to the limit, they put them under maximum pressure."
Tozer explained that very often airlines "will not hire enough people and then basically lean on those that are there to fill in when things go wrong"
He added: "When staff turnover goes up... you get experience levels on the flight deck becoming very, very low."
In a statement on its careers website, Ryanair maintains that it "can offer the best career opportunities and progression in the industry," and provides "generous travel benefits" to its employees.
Listen to the full interview above