Ryanair fleet cuts put 300 jobs at risk

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Ryanair has an­nounced it is cut­ting its Dublin-based fleet from 30 to 24 planes for the win­ter 2018 sea­son, putting 300 jobs at risk.

The six planes will trans­fer to the car­rier's Pol­ish char­ter air­line, which it said was grow­ing rapidly.

Ryanair blamed a downturn in for­ward book­ings and air­fares in the Repub­lic of Ire­land, partly as a re­sult of re­cent rolling strikes by Ir­ish pi­lots.

About 100 pi­lots and 200 cabin crew have been given 90 days' no­tice.

The air­line said their ser­vices "may not be re­quired from 28 Oc­to­ber on­wards".

It added that it would be of­fer­ing trans­fers to Poland and pos­si­bly other bases, in or­der to min­imise re­dun­dan­cies.

Ear­lier this week, Ryanair said its prof­its in the April-to-June quar­ter had been hit by higher wage costs as the air­line faces strikes by staff over pay and con­di­tions.

It said higher oil prices and a fall in fares also dented prof­its, which fell 20% to €319m.

Ryanair is fac­ing more strikes. Cabin staff in Spain, Por­tu­gal, Bel­gium and Italy are walk­ing out on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, forc­ing the can­cel­la­tion of 600 flights.

The air­line's chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Peter Bellew, said its board had de­cided to al­lo­cate more air­craft to mar­kets where it was en­joy­ing strong growth.

"This will re­sult in some air­craft re­duc­tions and job cuts in coun­try mar­kets where busi­ness has weak­ened, or for­ward book­ings are be­ing dam­aged by rolling strikes by Ir­ish pi­lots."

He added: "If our rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity or for­ward book­ings is af­fected, then base and po­ten­tial job cuts such as these at Dublin are a deeply re­gret­ted con­se­quence."

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