Throughout a committee look earlier than Irish politicians, the finances airline boss urged that air site visitors controller strikes occur on a Friday in order that employees can get a three-day weekend.
Among the many numerous charged feedback he made throughout a three-hour committee look, he known as on the European Fee to alter legal guidelines in order that solely home French flights could be affected throughout air site visitors controller strikes and that overflights could be protected.
Mr O’Leary additionally known as on the proposed single European sky to be carried out, however mentioned the European Fee “lacks the bottle” that earlier commissions had “to problem the vested pursuits of the nationwide governments”.
In July, flights from French airports confronted disruption as airport employees went on strike to demand wage rises to maintain up with inflation.
In addition they known as for a recruitment drive to cope with resurgent journey demand, which has put each airports and airways below stress this 12 months after jobs have been lower through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Talking throughout an look earlier than an Irish transport committee on Wednesday, Mr O’Leary accused French air site visitors controllers of “leisure” putting.
“Many occasions, French air site visitors controllers go on strike not as a result of they need extra pay, it’s as a result of they don’t like (French President Emmanuel) Macron, or they didn’t like the results of the soccer match… it’s leisure putting.
“All of the strikes usually happen on Fridays, after which they don’t present as much as work on the Saturday so that they have a three-day weekend.”
He mentioned that when French air site visitors controllers go on strike, the French authorities makes use of minimal service laws to guard French home flights.
It is the poor Irish, the Spanish, the Italians and the Germans who’re taking all the cancellations
“So, the French are all fortunately flying across the place. However it’s the poor Irish, the Spanish, the Italians and the Germans who’re taking all the cancellations.
“Our folks, our residents, our guests are being utterly screwed over whereas a bunch of French air site visitors controllers go on strike – and we absolutely respect their proper to go on strike – however let the French take the hit.
“It shouldn’t be Irish, Germans, Italians and Spanish who should not travelling to France (who) take the hit.”
He added: “It’s weird that Europe’s free motion of individuals throughout Europe in a single market is allowed to be threatened by the French each time they’ve these leisure strikes, which they’ve often in the summertime.”
Mr O’Leary then known as for a single European sky to be carried out – a proposal from 2001 – and accused the European Fee of not having the braveness to implement it.
“The know-how now exists to permit us to fly straight, we must be allowed to fly straight, we might burn much less gasoline, we would scale back our impression on the atmosphere and we’d go on monumental financial savings to our prospects.”
“In different phrases, they transfer to the identical air site visitors management system as America has, one system function by all.”
“The issue is that it’s opposed by each single air site visitors controllers’ nationwide union as a result of it means much less jobs for them, and subsequently they’ll’t get nationwide governments to comply with it.”
He added: “The European Fee lacks the bottle that these earlier Commissions needed to problem the vested pursuits of the nationwide governments.”
“No one will European Fee desires to problem the French authorities or the German authorities, even when it’s within the pursuits of the huge and overwhelming majority of European residents and passengers.”