Darwin Triggs, the Canadian chief pilot of Wizz Air has resigned after the criteria for dismissing pilots at the beginning of the pandemic were released. These dismissals happened just a few months before Wizz Air announced a program to train cabin crew as pilots.
“We start off with the bad apples, so anyone who has caused you grief on a routine basis,” the manager is heard saying in the recording, before suggesting “excessive sickness” or declining to work on days off among reasons for termination.
Among the reasons listed for becoming a "Bad apple" at Wizz Air are:
- Pilots who report sick when they are sick
- Pilots who refuse to work on days off
- Pilots who refuse to perform captains discretion on the insistence of the company
Unfortunately it is a trend that is becoming far too common in European aviation. Ryanair is famed for bullying its staff, and the boss of CityJet Pat Byrne stated in 2016 that unions are a disease.