O’Leary: BA has won battle with cabin crew

British Airways has won its battle with cabin crew who should throw in the towel, according to Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary.

“The union has lost the strike – 85% of BA flights are operating uninterrupted,” O’Leary said today. He revealed BA had not taken up an offer to lease aircraft and Ryanair had seen no surge in passengers from the strike-hit carrier.

“There is not much impact on bookings,” said the Ryanair chief executive. “We offered three aircraft to [BA boss] Willie Walsh and he has not needed them. BA is probably carrying most of its booked passengers.”

He added: “BA management has done a good job. A more intelligent union leadership would do a deal.”

O’Leary was speaking as Ryanair reported a tripling of profits to euro319 million (£280 million) and 14% rise in passengers for the year to the end of March. BA recently announced a record £531 million loss for the same period.

He said: “The BA model is broken. Its long-haul operation is brilliant. But on short haul flying, [an aircraft] is just a bus with wings. Business class will be gone in three years and most BA passengers will be on Ryanair and easyJet.”

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