Job slashing in Ryanair as Brexit dampens demand

Published on : Thursday, August 1, 2019

According to Ryanair airlines boss he has too many pilots and cabin crew on books after a year on from the pilot shortage that dogged Ryanair all autumn and winter.



Chief executive Micheal O’Leary said in a video message to the staff that Brexit uncertainty is dampening the demand.



Moreover, Europe’s biggest budget airline has fewer planes to fly than anticipated.



In May 2019, Ryanair was due to start flying the Boeing 737 Max aircraft but the plane got grounded worldwide after two fatal crashes that killed 346 people.



The airline will be receiving the first five of a total of 210 Max aircraft in ‘January at the earliest’ . By the start of summer 2020 season 30 will be in service.


The chief said that 500 pilots and 400 cabin crew were surplus to the current requirements.Over the next couple of years they will be minimizing job losses but some were unavoidable.


In September and October pilots and cabin crew will be told about their future and their further tranche of job cuts expected in the new year.


Forsa, the Irish trade union said that the development was a concern to the Ryanair staff and the Forsa members. The union has no specific information about the routes and bases.



The situation is being closely watched by Forsa and has informed the airline’s management that it expects to be consulted on any measure that could impact jobs, incomes or working conditions of the union members.

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