Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary got a sweet surprise today during his one man protest in Brussels, outside the European Commission.
O'Leary was protesting the lack of action to help against the ongoing air traffic controllers strikes, while speaking to Belgian news channels and standing next to a cardboard cut out of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Without warning, two environmental activists hit him with cream pies, while saying "welcome in Belgium" and "stop the pollution."
O'Leary handled the situation remarkably well and even mentioned that he "loves cream cakes".
Ryanair later tweeted, 'Instead of buying cream pies, could have bought a flight from Belgium for the same price'.
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary Gets A Pie To The Face In Brussels
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary was hit with a pie by environmental activists during a press conference in Brussels.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 7, 2023
Instead of buying cream pies, could have bought a flight from Belgium for the same price 😏 pic.twitter.com/8jruYI3ZxE
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) September 7, 2023
"We're very pleased with the strength of bookings into September and October," O'Leary said at a later news conference.
"We're on track to get to about 183-184 million passengers so we're continuing to run about 20-23% ahead of our pre-Covid numbers.
"We did a 96% load factor (in August), carried 18.9 million passengers, we would have hit 19 million if it wasn't for the UK ATC failure.
"And we're now about 40% hedged for the first half of FY 25. So the April to September period of 2024 is now about 40% hedged at about $74 a barrel. We continue to be hedged well below current spot prices.
"We'll continue to be concerned - air travel in Asia is recovering strongly. That should also help traffic across Europe in the summer of 2024. But it'll mean that demand for jet oil will probably rise."