I feel compelled to say something about the Ryanair flights fiasco, allegedly caused by their pilots all holidaying at the same time (out of interest, I wonder with which airline they've managed to get their flights?)
I haven't actually flown with Ryanair for nearly twenty years - partly out of principle, but mainly because of a fear of flying developed after 9/11 (long story, but I was in the US at the time).
The thing is, they're not the only airline serving the UK market, so vote with your feet people! If you're not happy with their customer service - or distinct lack of it - simply take your custom elsewhere.
Yes, it really is that simple. No, I don't want to hear it - don't start making excuses saying 'Oh, but they're so cheap'!
What about all those people who've merrily booked flights and holidays and now don't know if they can get away as planned?
I can't speak for you, obviously, but when I was working with other humans, we had a holiday list.
That holiday list was an important document, sagely passed around from person to person, in order of seniority, and we were allowed to book just a maximum of two weeks when we first received it.
Nobody - I repeat nobody - on that document was allowed to be off at the same time as another person on it.
This rule didn't waver, so much so, that if you had a wedding and the inevitable honeymoon, you had to negotiate with others to ensure you could have the time off.
I remember on one occasion when somebody had to delay their romantic getaway because another staff member was away and couldn't swap (due to a significant birthday and a cruise or something).
Surely Ryanair pilots must have the modern-day equivalent of a holiday list, and if not, why not? How can an airline make huge profits and not have fundamental admin procedures in place? If you've been adversely affected, I suggest you write to Michael O'Leary and ask him!