February 28, 2018 / 10:12 AM / a year ago

Ryanair CEO hopes to complete negotiations with Italian pilots soon

FILE PHOTO: Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary speaks during a news conference in Lisbon, Portugal February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Ryanair (RYA.I) hopes to wrap up shortly negotiations with Italy’s main pilots’ union, ANPAC, the airline’s Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said on Wednesday.

O’Leary told reporters he expected a deal within two weeks at most, adding that tax issues were holding up the accord.

The airline averted widespread strikes ahead of Christmas by announcing plans to recognise pilots’ unions for the first time in its 32-year history and is talking with various organisations around Europe.

O’Leary said Ryanair was also negotiating with Italy’s ANPAV flight assistants’ union and hopes to reach a deal with them too shortly.

Reporting by Alberto Sisto; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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