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19 May, 2020 - 08:36 By Tony Quested

Ryanair cuts Stansted jobs among 250 redundancies at four offices

Low fares airline Ryanair is cutting an unspecified number of office jobs at London Stansted among a tranche of redundancies at four of its airports. The axe is also swinging in Dublin, Madrid and Wroclaw (Poland) with a total of 250 jobs to go.

Ryanair says the cuts are being achieved through a combination of probation/fixed term contract ends, resignations and redundancies, as these people will not be required to return to work on June 1, when the Ryanair offices reopen, due to the substantial decline in traffic the group is facing in 2020.

Ryanair has operated less than one per cent of its normal flight schedules during April, May and June and this week announced that only 40 per cent of its normal schedules would operate in July. 

For the full year, Ryanair now expects to carry less than 100 million passengers – more than 35 per cent below the 155 million-plus target for the year ended March 2021.

Ryanair director 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 June 1, 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 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 when the offices reopen.

“We are continuing to meet our pilot and cabin crew unions across Europe to finalise up to 3,000 job cuts and 20 per cent pay cuts as we return to approx. 40 per cent 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 €30 billion 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.”

The coronavirus-induced nosedive is demonstrated by the fact that Ryanair profits for the last financial year were up 13 per cent to €1.002 billion – ironically due to stronger revenue added to four per cent traffic growth pre-COVID-19.

Most of Ryanair’s fleet was grounded from mid-March by EU government flight bans and restrictions.

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