Ryanair does not rule out closing more bases in Spain if there are new delays in 737 MAX deliveries

The airline expects a 1.5% drop in traffic in Spain this year

The Irish airline Ryanair has assured on Tuesday that it does not rule out the closure of more bases in Spain – apart from the three that have already been closed in the Canary Islands – if there are new delays in deliveries of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which is prohibited from flight after the two accidents that killed 346 people.

This was announced by the Ryanair marketing director, Kenny Jacobs, during an informative breakfast in Madrid, where he explained that the airline had planned to deliver up to 10377 MAX for this summer, although this number could be reduced after the revisions of regulators.

In Spain, Ryanair currently has nine bases – not counting those already closed in the Canary Islands – and presence in 26 airports, where some 3,000 people work. On January 8, the airline closed the bases of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote alluding to the problems with the 737 MAX.

«The only reason for the closure of bases is the delays in deliveries of 737 MAX,» said Jacobs, and explained that these problems have meant the closure of a total of seven bases in Europe during 2019: Hamburg, Nuremberg, Belfast , Skavsta (Stockholm) and the three of the Canary Islands.

Ryanair has 210 orders of the Boeing 737 MAX, of which 135 have been confirmed and another 75 are in a situation of «options».

FALL OF TRAFFIC IN SPAIN

Ryanair expects a 1.5% drop in traffic in Spain this year, due to the delay in aircraft delivery, although in Madrid, for example, a 1.5% growth is expected, while in the three Catalan airports a reduction of 3% is expected, mainly due to a decrease in Girona.

From the airline they have remarked that, despite the problems with the 737 MAX – which is currently being evaluated by regulators -, the forecast for the next five years is that the company will grow in Spain.

According to the airline, in Spain it covers 19% of the market share, with more than 400 routes in winter and the forecast of exceeding 600 this summer, of the 27 will be new.