Ryanair: hundreds of jobs on the tip

Ryanair B737-800/Foto: Ryanair


Because of the flight ban for Boeings medium range jet 737 MAX there are hundreds of jobs on the tip of the Irish low-cost airline. The company needs around 1,500 fewer pilots and flight attendants than originally planned, Michael O’Leary told the staff in a video message.

A Ryanair spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the video. The news agency “Bloomberg” quoted on 31 July from the video that the airline already has over 500 pilots and about 400 flight attendants too many. A further 600 jobs that Ryanair wanted to fill for next summer would not be needed now. In the next few weeks they will try to keep the job cuts as low as possible,” said O’Leary. However, it would not be completely avoidable. There should be clarity by the end of August.

Ryanair has cancelled its growth plans for the coming year due to the stopped deliveries of the Boeing 737 Max. By the summer of 2020, instead of the planned 58 jets of the type, it is expected to receive only 30 aircraft, possibly even fewer. Following two fatal crashes at airlines in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the Boeing 737 Max has been banned from flying worldwide since March. It remains to be seen when Boeing will have solved the problems with the jet and when the supervisory authorities will lift the ban. The manufacturer has already cut back production of the type and stopped deliveries.

Sources: dpa-AFX, Bloomberg, aero.de

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