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Ryanair to charge extra for a pilot

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Passengers flying with Ryanair will be charged extra for a pilot from today.

The move comes after the budget airline lost a last-ditch legal challenge to its pilots who are striking over pay and benefits, which the no-frills carrier also considers to be optional extras.

Announcing it would be drafting in pilots to fill in during the strike, Ryanair told passengers with experience on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2019 that they were now eligible for an upgraded seat in the cockpit.

Travellers unable to demonstrate sufficient virtual airtime will be liable to pay a “pilot surcharge” of £50 per person or have the option of remaining at a remote regional airport of their choice for the duration of their trip. 

Ryanair said it would inform passengers of any delays to flights resulting from the strikes on the company’s website, which can now be accessed at a bargain price of only £1 per click. 

Holidaymakers left stranded miles from their destination due to the strikes say that they just assumed this was the service they had paid for and will shell out for an expensive taxi to their hotel as usual. 

The 48-hour strike today is expected to be followed by further industrial action in September, timed to coincide with the start of Oktoberfest, which may leave hoards of British lads stranded in the Wetherspoons at Luton airport.


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