Published on December 2nd, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Eurocontrol Aviation StraightTalk Live: Under the hood with Ryanair

Get “Under the hood” of Europe’s biggest airline with top Ryanair execs. What’s keeping Ryanair’s leadership team up at night as Europe’s biggest, busiest airline looks to the future?

Eurocontrol’s flagship Aviation StraightTalk returns with an in-depth debate putting Ryanair’s Group CEO Michael O’Leary, airline CEO Eddie Wilson, and Director of Ops Neal McMahon in the spotlight.

It’ll be a timely moment to take stock of what’s next for an airline that continues to defy industry norms, hot on the heels of a record-busting summer – up to 16M passengers flown a month, 500K+ on busy days with an astonishing 3K+ flights a day during peak-summer. For much of the year, Ryanair has flown every day around twice as much as the 2 next largest European airlines combined, flying consistently over 10% more passengers and flights than it did pre-pandemic.

That’s an astonishing COVID recovery story which has seen Ryanair recently post its highest-ever half-year profit of €1.37BN – with the airline already bullish about the future and betting on a record summer 2023. Industry insider Andrew Charlton, Aviation Advocacy MD, will be asking the tough questions on strategy, pricing, sustainability, fleet renewal, strikes, economic pressures and market consolidation.

Watch the interview below.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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