Ryanair has confirmed that it will cut 250 jobs at it’s Madrid, Dublin, Stansted, and Wroclaw offices. The airline has announced that it will reduce the number of workers through a combination of probation / fixed term contract ends, resignations and redundancies. The people who will leave the company will not be required to return to work on 1 June, when the Ryanair offices reopen.
The company has had to make the difficult decision due to the substantial decline in traffic the entire aviation sector, including Ryanair Group Airlines, is facing in 2020.
During April, May and June, Ryanair operated less than 1% of their usual flight schedules as a result of the collapse in global travel demand caused by the Coronavirus pandemic which has swept across the globe in recent weeks. This week the company announced that only 40% of its normal schedules would operate in July 2020 and for the full year, Ryanair now expects to carry less than 100 million passengers which is more than 35% below the 155m+ target it had projected for the year ended March 2021.
In a statement released by Ryanair on Friday, People Drector, Darrell Hughes, said:
“This is a very painful time for Ryanair, our crews and our people supporting operations from our Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw offices. While we expect to re-open our offices from 1 June next, we will not require the same number of support team members in a year when we will carry less than 100m passengers, against an original budget of 155m.
Regrettably, we will now have a small number of compulsory redundancies in Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw to right size our support teams for a year when we will carry less than 100m passengers due to the Covid-19 crisis. These job losses were communicated to individual team members this week, and they will not be returning to work in our Dublin, Stansted, Madrid or Wroclaw offices when they reopen on 1 June next.
We are continuing to meet our pilot and cabin crew unions across Europe to finalise up to 3,000 job cuts and 20% pay cuts as we return to approx. 40% of our normal flight schedules from July onwards. Ryanair is also facing intense price competition across Europe as we are forced to compete with flag carrier airlines who have received over €30bn in unlawful State Aid subsidies from their Governments, and who will be able to engage in below low cost selling for many years with the benefit of this illegal State Aid.
Further announcements on Ryanair crew job losses and pay cuts are expected before the end of May in the light of further and on-going flight restrictions”.