22/11/2013 09:04 GMT | Updated 22/11/2013 11:00 GMT

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary Promises To Shut Up And Stop 'Getting In The Way'

Der Geschaeftsfuehrer der irischen Billigfluggesellschaft Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, posiert am Mittwoch (09.05.12) auf dem Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn in Lautzenhausen auf einer Pressekonferenz der Fluggesellschaft mit einem Flugzeugmodell. Die Billigfluglinie Ryanair kritisiert die EU-Beihilfeverfahren gegen regionale Flughaefen in Deutschland als

Michael O'Leary has promised to take an extraordinary vow of silence in order to better help Ryanair, the airline he has led for nearly 20 years.

After recently promising an end to Ryaniar's "macho" culture and to "stop unnecessarily pissing people off", O'Leary confessed on Thursday he was "getting in the way of the brand stuff".

The notoriously controversial chief executive made the pledge as he feared Ryanair's "cheeky chappie" image was stopping it attracting lucrative business travellers, despite the airline's record for punctuality and swift check-in times.

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"This is where it has to change. I'm getting in the way of the brand stuff," he said.

O'Leary recently courted controversy when he called for burkhas to be banned, accusing Brits of "leaning over too much" for Muslims and "minority religions".

After years of extraordinary growth, Ryanair has performed much more shakily, as it was forced to issue two profit warnings in as many months due to fare pressure, increased competition and Europe's continued economic problems.

Meanwhile, Ryanair's rival EasyJet has enjoyed a bumper 51% boost in profits as it flew more than 60 million passengers.

Ryanair may become duller without the 52-year old airline boss popping up so often, but O'Leary insisted: "That's where it's got to be."